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FOX NEWS Source: ABC/Disney Looking Hard To Find Replacement For Katie Couric and KATIE!



Apparently, another decision by the ABC/Disney team is not going so well!  According to a report today from FOX411 Pop Tart’s News column, “While all television is going through a difficult time and programming is having a hard time finding its niche, Katie’s new talk show does not live up its expectations. Whatever constraints Katie experienced anchoring ‘Evening News’ it is certainly taking its toll, and her return to daytime has backfired.”

Furthermore the item goes on to say that ABC is looking very hard to find a replacement for Katie Couric, “They (staff) are desperately running around approaching talent and offering to train them to replace her as a new daytime talk show host. It’s a number one priority, revealed a source.

Another part of the article relates that an insider is skeptical that Couric’s show will complete its second season. “There is zero chance is goes to a third season. It might not even finish the second.” Right now, KATIE is scheduled in to the fall of 2o13! 

What do you think? Happy to hear the news that Katie is not doing so well? Or, are you hoping that the show will get a new lease on life and stay on longer with Couric as a key afternoon talk show host? Weigh-in!

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Despite all the negative press Katie has received from the soap front, she actually was not the cause of AMC and OLTL getting cancelled and actually HELPED GH gain ratings by having its time slot moved. I enjoy her show but it is a bit schizophrenic. It goes from a serious topic one moment to something silly the next. I think a harder-edged news-oriented program could work but she needs to stick to either doing just that or caving in and doing the light frivolous stuff that every other talk show does now.

I was never intersted in her show. I felt there were too many talk shows as it is..Not
surprised she didn’t last.

I agree. I never watched her show either. There are WAY too many talk shows. Boring as H!!!

Frons is to blame, among others, for AMC and OLTL getting cancelled. GH time slot didn’t change everywhere… it’s always be on at 2 and still is here.

As far as Katie, think I’ve only caught her if she had a soap star I was interested in.

If they had a show like the Mike Douglas Show or Dick Cavett, I’d watch that. the Mike Douglas Show was more than just 2 people talking and a tiny audience… it had more variety and some music and a lot of laughs… I was young when it was on, but I remember it to this day. I remember the guests too.

Shows like Mike Douglas are sorely missed by me…i liked Dinah Shore too.

Is ABC going for the trifecta of all time broadcasting failures? This is ABC’s second failure so why can’t they just admit they made a mistake (is there anyone other there who doesn’t knows it by now?) and bring back AMC/OLTL in their current half hour format with 5 episodes a week and let PP produce them as they can do it cheaper. If they did, they would be a hero to millions of fans by saving the now floundering PP.

I have always found Katie to be the most unlikeable, boring,dry host. She is like watching paint dry. Her interview skills are lackluster. I have never understood why people fawn all over her.

I totally agree with you…..

I agree with both posters. Never cared for Katie and just can’t understand why the networks pay her so much money for her mediocre shows.

I agree, too. Never liked her. I always thought she was full of herself & too busy trying to be cute, instead of trying to do a good interview.


I can’t believe they still think a talk show will even fly. Don’t they get it? NO ONE wants another talk show in that time slot; in fact think talk and reality show market is glutted. Viewers want engaging drama for entertainment and escape FROM reality!!!

WE TRIED TO WARN ABC HER PROGRAM WOULDN’T WORK , that is General hospitals place, Bring back the soaps and they will bring back the fans, I will never watch ABC again except for GH, they lost me when they killed the soaps they trashed my afternoon by taking away 2 soaps that I have watched since they begun and I wont come back till they come back and that means daytime and prime time.

True that!

I agree with you Terri! Don’t need anymore talk shows.. I agree viewers want drama for entertainment and have their one or two hours of escape.. I want stories and not all this gibber jabber!

Thats not true. Steve Harvey’s show is doing great. And I love Dr. Phill. In my market he took the Guilding Light time slot. Id rather watch both he and Dr Oz (
Another success) any day over a convoluted soap. Some people actually like.
Informative show s based on reality. Surprise.

I agree with Terri. If I want informative shows based on reality, I’ll tune to one of the many news networks. Katie can go. I too want my soaps back.

I Think I watched one show…The Chew never..ABC took thousands of jobs away for her and a food show..They are killing GH with these writters too! The show is done..It Totally s*cks…Thats how I feel after watchig it for 26yrs :(((

It is sooo boring. They eat and eat and eat. What kind of show is that

It is BORING! Never watched it but just seeing the commericals for it makes BARF! I change the channel when The Chew commericals come .

They should put OLTL back on. That is where ABCD messed up to begin with. I find it amusing every show they have put on has failed and GH is a horrid mess also. Oh well. Couldn’t happen to a better bunch of morons IMO.

I don’t think GH is horrid mess by no means. I like watching GH Mon.-Fri..

Wonder what the suits at ABC/Disney are doing now? All of their machiavellian plans to torpedo the soaps and eliminate scripted programming from daytime has turned out to be an epic fail. All the money spent in the past 18 months chasing their tails when they could have left well enough alone, invested better writing teams into AMC and brought Agnes Nixon back into the fold. If they took that course, they’d be securely in the black instead of bleeding red and running for the hills. Hated that witch Katie Couric, by the way.

I wish the new, little child playing big shot, head of ABC who decided that everyone wanted more talk shows….would step down. He came in and instead of ….oh I don’t know, maybe at the very least taking All My Children, and One Life to Live to 30 minutes for a year or so, and see how that worked…..he totally disassembled programs that have been ongoing for Forty to 50 years. We have all the reality we need on the nightly news. Why couldn’t he just leave the Soap Operas alone. Hopefully he has a strong regret, but it’s too late. Soap Operas have a very strong fan base. Besides…..We have Ellen for our daytime talk show….what more could we possibly need or want! Just my opinion as someone who has watched Soaps for at least Forty years.

I knew katie couric would fail! she is no oprah and she never will be!

Don’t care for neither one.

agree with you! I would rather see a game show then another talk show. It is very unlikely that they would bring back the two shows they cancelled for this mess.

I actually enjoyed watching the Katie Show but some of her stories are not good enough to watch. I dvr most of my shows since I work 11 hour days. 6 days a week. I can’t say I watch more than 2 or 3 of her shows a week. It was good in the first season but its a bit boring in the 2nd. I’d say bring back our Soaps but even with the HULA it is not like it used to be on AMC. Which I’ve been watching since 1976. New story lines are taking too long to understand. OLTL needs to return. It has more actors from the original cast. ABC needs to get with the idea that we the day time fans do not want a talk show we want our Soaps back. So enough is enough bring them back. Sorry Katie.. You tried. And stick with your stories but stay out of our Stories Soap star you just:aint”

I knew she would fail too. Why didn’t the ABC execs see that? They should have left OLTL on.

Extremely happy to hear “Katie” is not doing well. Any other programming they put in it’s place or any other talk show will also flop. Serves ABC right. Why don’t PP and ABC collaborate and get our shows back on the air on ABC. Let them do 2 half hour shows to replace Katie.


I don’t like to hear about anyone losing a job.Yes,she was supportive about GH,but her show and THE CHEW belong on more specialised cable stations.The soaps belonged and still belong on mass market network stations.

ABC should finally own up, thus earning respect, and bring back OLTL and AMC. Why is it so impossible to admit mistakes? It’s called accountability. Go back to what works and what people WANT. It really isn’t so hard.

Oltl could go home again…abc?

That is too bad, her show and Anderson cooper are about the only talk shows that I like.The ones I can do without are Oz and Rachael.

We need an informative and hard-news/documentary news program on daytime. Katie Couric would be more than qualified. All this brainless escapism on daytime is driving viewers away to CNN. What’s needed are intelligent qualified writers. The lack of good writing is ruining GH a d us what ruined AMC. I never watched OLTL but if the writers on GH are indicative of the producing/writing team, that is why OLTL was cancelled. And do not get me started on the GH actors from OLTL and their acting.

I enjoy Katie’s show! I was upset to lose my soaps…but never did I blame her! She is an awesome person and her show is enjoyable!

id love to take Katie`s place and I do not need 80 million dollars, id take 5 million a year, and willing to move to the USA so where can I apply???

We have too many talk shows and more are cropping up every year. I don’t watch and don’t plan to.

Not a big fan of Katie, never watch her show. ABC made a huge mistake in taking off AMC & OLTL. PP is having so many issues as well. ABC should go back to soaps in the afternoon. BTW, I know its sacrelage, but I do like The Chew.

Obviously ABC has been cursed for dropping AMC and OLTL!!! There are too many talk shows on during the day, if you haven’t figured it out, ABC lost a lot of viewers and have boycotted ABC. We’re all watching the Young and Restless and the Bold and Beautiful and the going to our computers and streaming AMC and OLTL to our TV. I have watched Katie a few times and she has had very interesting guests, not a bad show, but she doesn’t compare to my soaps. Suck on it ABC you made some bad choices!

When are they going to learn, People do not really want talk shows or more cooking shows! Thought at the start of the 2012-2013 season KATIE according to the critics was highly rated?? Bring back AMC & OLTL!!

GOOD!!!! She bugs!!!! Never been a fan she only annoys. I like the above comment about paint drying. SOOOO TRUE!!!!

I want to see every show fail that ABC thought was a better choice than AMC and OLTL. This news is especially sweet because I can’t stand Katie and don’t want to see her on any channel. How the Spew is still going on I don’t know. I want these stupid execs to have to keep scrambling to try to get a show that works…and as long as they stick with the “40% less budget” that Frons bragged about over the soaps…well that’s the quality of shows they’re gonna get. They may be saving money but having shows failing all the time doesn’t make them look good. I

At this point I wouldn’t even want AMC and OLTL back on ABC, I hope someday they can transition back to a station, hopefully cable not ABC they don’t deserve them.

I tried to watch Katie Couric’s show, but I just couldn’t get in to it. I do not like “The Chew” either. I do miss One Life to Live, and I wished this show hadn’t gone off the air.

I liked Katie as a TV news journalist/personality. It allowed her to be both detached and in the driver’s seat. However, for a talk show — where so much depends on the host’s personality to set the pace and tone — Katie couldn’t cut it. She was guarded and seemed uneasy in a casual format. When I think of GREAT talk show hosts, I think Oprah Winfrey, Merv Griffin, Virginia Graham, Ellen DeGeneres — engaging people with looming personalities who nonetheless displayed an actual interest in their guests. So few can do it effectively. This is yet another HUGE mistake feather in ABC’s cap.

Hey, the search is OVER, but on AMC and OLTL.
End of story and end of the discussion 🙂

KATIE, is awful ! I cringe watching here in this format.

The problem is that she has lost her identity having made huge shifts between 3 major roles. The first mistake was leaving Today.

I think the best she can do now is become the new Barbara Walters of ABC and anchor The View, or go to CNN with a nightly broadcast.

She either needs to be flanked by a panel, or doing what she does best, interviewing.

good they need to put soaps back soon

They don’t need another talk show host, but another format!! They have all the talk going on in the a.m. Then when afternoon hits, it needs to be more balanced. Like back in the day, in NYC it was AMC, OLTL, GH and then Oprah. Even had soaps in the 12:30 slot. But fine, the last several yrs the soaps started at 1:00 p.m. But bottom line it worked for over 20 yrs. Now ABC can’t anchor any daytime talk show in their afternoon, daytime lineup. The Chew is still around, but I don’t watch, not into food shows on a regular basis. Once in awhile I tune into Rachel Ray or there’s the Food Network, otherwise, the daytime afternoon line up needs more BALANCE.

Balance=Bring back AMC/OLTL.

If Katie isn’t working, why can’t ABC air classic episodes of All my Children and One life to live.

I like to watch old episodes every now and then.

I will infrequently record Katie’s show only when an actor or actress is on it that I like. Cannot stand Katie Couric–she has a bad habit of interrupting guests trying to talk and also turning the show into about “her” rather than her guest. She’s also overly flirtatious with handsome men guests, which is revolting. For similar reasons, I cannot stand Kelly Ripa.

I actually don’t mind her show. I think her show is the perfect replacement for The Chew.

Now, THAT SHOW I mind. I don’t see how The Chew can have better ratings than Katie’s show.

eat crow abc, and give the people what they want, not the nonsense that you tried to shove down our throats. you’re a laughingstock.

she’ll get a new project. Same w/ anderson cooper even if cnn is grotesquely lagging behind number 1 cable news channel fox news. It’s bec they’re liberals and the news media is run by liberals who do a horrid job of pretending to be unbiased. katie’s cbs news and day talk show are flops. cooper’s cnn show and day talk show are flops. Yet they’ll get new projects of course. Failure is rewarded by news media bec their political beliefs lean far left. Such stupidity from news media complex.

ABC executives are stupid. They should of kept the soaps on. Soap opera fans are the most loyal fans and statistics prove it. I have been watching General Hospital for 40 yrs and they are letting the new writers trash the story lines. No wonder I watch CBS.

I have the perfect answer bring back both All My Children and One Life to Live and also take off the Chew.


Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

Photo: Lauren Dukoff/Lifetime

The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Receives a Haunting Letter About Austin’s Murder

On Thursday’s November 30th episode of General Hospital, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is on the case of who shot Austin (Roger Howarth) and pays a visit to Ava Jerome (Maura West) at Wyndemere.

Dante asks Ava when was the last time she saw Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt. She asks why and what is going on with Austin? Dante tells her he’s dead, and assumes she must already know, especially given her non-reaction to the news.

Ava tells Dante she was last with Austin two days ago at her gallery. When he questions her if security footage can back that up, that would then give her an alibi. However, Ava explains she left out the back, and that the surveillance camera has not been working. Since the murder happened in Pautauk, Dante tells Ava they will want to question her.


She responds that a lot of people in town knew Austin from Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and on. However, Dante points out that Ava was the only one that was kidnapped by Mason (Nathanyael Grey). Ava says she will have her lawyer ready.

As Dante exits, Ava looks through her unopened mail. She finds a letter addressed to her and it says inside on note paper, “You’re welcome.” But that’s not all, inside the letter is a polaroid of Austin’s dead body.


Also in story, Molly (Kristen Vaganos) has a meltdown when she has to start the finding a surrogate process all over again, and is found crying on a park bench by her sister, Kristina (Kate Mansi). Will this be the conversation where Molly will take up Kristina on her initial offer to carry the child for her and TJ (Tahj Bellow)?


In another key moment, James thinks Cody (Josh Kelly) would make a great big brother, which then gets Felicia (Kristina Wagner) flashing back to when Cody told Mac that it turns out Mac is not his bio-dad. Felicia senses something is not right. Is she finally on to the fact that Cody lied to Mac? Stay tuned.


So, who do you think sent the letter to Ava about killing Austin? Is it Nikolas? Cyrus? Mason? Could it be Ava herself, who doesn’t remember she did the deed, or could it be someone else? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Pays Tribute to Tyler Christopher at End of Episode, ABC Exec Nathan Varni Shares: “You’ll Always Be In Our Hearts”

If you caught the end of the Monday, November 27th Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama ended the show with a special dedication to Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine), who passed away on October 31st at the age of 50.

With a very touching title card, and a photo of Tyler from his younger days as the dark prince of the Cassadine clan, it read, “In Loving Memory of Tyler Christopher.”

On Tuesday, November 28th, ABC Current Series executive, Nathan Varni, who oversees Grey’s Anatomy, The Conners, Station 19 and General Hospital for the network, shared on X some additional thoughts on Tyler’s contributions to the GH family.

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Varni expressed: “This lovely tribute card was shown at the end of yesterday’s episode of GH In loving memory of Tyler Christopher. Thanks for bringing Nikolas Cassadine to life on our screens, you’ll always be in our hearts. RIP.”

Tyler played the role of GH’s Nikolas from 1996–1999, 2003–2011, and lastly from 2013–2016. He also took on the role of Connor Bishop from 2004–2005. The late actor took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 for his work as Nikolas.

Share your thoughts on GH honoring Tyler at the end of their Thanksgiving episode via the comment section below.

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