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

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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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David
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David

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.

susan M.
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susan M.

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

Teresa
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Teresa

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

Christy
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Christy

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… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

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

Keith
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Keith

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.

KateK
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KateK

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.

Janet
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Janet

I totally agree with you…..

Julia
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Julia

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.

Chloe
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Chloe

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.

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

SO TRUE

Terri
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Terri

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!!!

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

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.

jon
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jon

True that!

susan M.
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susan M.

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!

dg
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dg

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.

Julie
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Julie

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.

10261991des
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10261991des

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 :(((

Janet
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Janet

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

susan M.
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susan M.

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

Brena
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Brena

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.

susan M.
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susan M.

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

Jen
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Jen

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.

Karen Weber
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Karen Weber

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… Read more »

sarah
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sarah

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

susan M.
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susan M.

Don’t care for neither one.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

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.

Karen
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Karen

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.… Read more »

louisa
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louisa

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

Nancy
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Nancy

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.

heidi
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heidi

YES!!!

Gerardo Ramirez
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Gerardo Ramirez

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.

Annie
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Annie

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.

jimh
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jimh

Oltl could go home again…abc?

Rochelle Kitchen
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Rochelle Kitchen

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.

Memphisbelle
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Memphisbelle

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.

Barbara
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Barbara

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!

Rosanna
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Rosanna

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???

Mo
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Mo

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

Patricia
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Patricia

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.

Carol Bryan
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Carol Bryan

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!

sharonb
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sharonb

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!!

Rod
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Rod

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

kay
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kay

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… Read more »

Marilynn
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Marilynn

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.

RICKIE
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RICKIE

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… Read more »

Dani
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Dani

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

Jonathan
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Jonathan

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.

dean
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dean

good they need to put soaps back soon

Emily
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Emily

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… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

Balance=Bring back AMC/OLTL.

Kelly
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Kelly

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.

Charday
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Charday

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.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

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.

susan
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susan

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.

bc
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bc

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.

paula
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paula

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.

Robert C
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Robert C

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

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