Clearly Katie Couric and her team are trying to be smart business people, and also to not incite the already delicate daytime audience who has had to deal with the blow of All My Children and One Life to Live being canceled.
TV Guide this morning has an interesting item, that says Couric wants General Hospital given The Revolution’s timeslot due to the lifestyle/makeover shows poor ratings showing that would be a terrible lead-in for her new show, and would prefer GH!
The item reported, “Sources close to Couric and her exec producer Jeff Zucker expressed concern about the disappointing ratings of ABC’s The Revolution which, if GH gets the ax, would be the lead-in to Katie when the talker debuts this fall. Couric and Zucker want to see GH get that slot because it’s a stronger show, Nielsen-wise, plus Couric does not want to face the wrath of GH fans and risk the chance they’ll organize a boycott. Who the hell needs that? So she and Zucker want The Revolution to go bye-bye.
Will the ABC suits kowtow to this? They may not have a choice. In fact, they might even agree at this point. Our spies at Times Square Studios — the new tag for ABC Daytime — tell us the commitment to nonscripted shows remains firm in the ABC daypart but no one is doing handstands over the ones currently in development, which include a doctor show and a game show. While ABC technically has time (though not much) to replace The Revolution with more reality, that option is looking way too chancy.”
Is Katie Couric going to have the final say of what program stays and what program goes? This is very good news for GH, even though it would adjust its time slot to fit Couric. You can’t say that Couric is not savvy and watching what is going on in the landscape!