Looks like the Alphabet network is getting ready to sign a deal with Katie Couric to bring her over to their ABC Daytime line-up for her previously bantered about talk show. The new series could either replace General Hospital in 2012, or one of the two new reality series replacing AMC and OLTL, The Chew or The Revolution, if they fail.
According to TMZ.com this morning, ”Katie Couric and ABC television are on the verge of signing a $20 million deal, which would give Katie her own talk show, as well as significant involvement in ABC News — and the big casualty could be General Hospital. ABC would also give Katie a 1-hour, 5-day-a-week syndicated talk show, that would begin in September, 2012. Our sources say … one option ABC is considering is giving its affiliates back the hour where General Hospital airs to make room for Katie. In other words, ABC would axe the third longest-running soap in history and the last one standing on ABC. ABC is also realistic, believing that one of its two new 2011 syndicated shows will fail, leaving room for K.C. We’re told … when the dust settles and ABC’s daytime schedule gets rearranged, Katie would probably land in the 3 PM time slot.”
Here we go again, folks! Stay tuned.