August 23rd, 2011
10:32 AM ET
Katie Couric says she won't be able to fill Oprah Winfrey's talk show shoes, but she is following in the queen of daytime TV's footsteps with one thing: her show title.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Couric's fall 2012 talk show on ABC will be called "Katie." Some of the promotional material being floated about has the tagline, "The Opportunity Begins September 6." (What opportunity? The opportunity to watch "Katie," clearly.)
In June, Couric announced that she was departing her gig at CBS and moving to ABC to not only anchor her own syndicated talk show, but also to take part in the network's news programming.
At the time, Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney said, "Katie Couric is one of television's iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her...We look forward to having Katie join the best news team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talk show franchise."
Details of what the show will be about are few and far between, but according to THR, the focus will be on topical issues and efforts to "capture the zeitgeist of what people are talking about."
For example, Sweeney told the trade paper, "It might be a profile of a navy seal after Osama Bin Laden has been killed; it might talk about women in the military and some of the stresses they experience in re-entry with their families."
Couric's show is scheduled to debut in the fall of 2012, which also caused some to worry that her foray into daytime TV may kill off "General Hospital."
According to a statement from the network at the time, eight ABC-owned stations (in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno) had cleared the 3 o’clock hour to make room for Couric’s program.
But there's still a long way to go before "Katie" hits the air, an ABC spokesperson said, and it could mean that "General Hospital" will simply be bumped to another time slot.
“We went out of our way to state that we continue to support the show,” the spokesperson said. “We have a long time between now and Fall of 2012, so fans should be encouraged to continue watching and supporting.”
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