Last week, we brought you the news that the axe had finally fallen on Katie Couric’s Disney/ABC syndication afternoon talk show, Katie! The show will end after only two seasons, but now in the final six months of production, January to through June, due to budget issues the talker will shift to a mostly live format!
A representative for the series told The Hollywood Reporter, “The content of Katie will mostly be produced live on four out of five days. In order to keep the production schedule to four days a week, the fifth show will be taped but is expected to be limited to the one-hour time allotted (less commercial time).” They added that the reason to switch to the mostly live format was in the works prior to the news of the officially cancellation.
THR revealed that originally: “Couric’s tapings ran longer than the allotted time because she wanted to keep going to get as much good content as possible. In some cases, shows were running twice the scheduled time. A source close to the show insists Couric’s decision to run longer was made jointly with Rachel Miskowiec, who was brought in last May as executive producer for the show’s second season. The result was that producers and editors often racked up overtime to cut the content to fit the one-hour format, triggering significant budget overruns. Katie was already one of the more expensive daily talk shows ever produced, in part because it had more field producers and news staff than most.”
So, Katie was clearly an over-budget talk show that was made room for in the ABC line-up for affiliates in the original timeslot of General Hospital! And everyone was complaining how over budget soap productions are! Well, it looks like it happens in talk shows too! What do you think of the switch of Katie to a mostly live format, and the troubles the show has had? Weigh-in!