Katie Couric's new talk show to be called 'Katie'
August 23rd, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Katie Couric's new talk show to be called 'Katie'

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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  3. Micstromme

    I love Katie Couric! She was a hoot on The Today Show, and did an okay job on The CBS Evening News. While I am sad that General Hospital's fate is in question, I am glad that Katie is with the best newsteam there is

    March 7, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Preston

    I actually cannot stand Couric. Her whole demeanor and somewhat integrity is so fake. She is so vain and arrogant, she doesn't even realize she is a has been. The show may last a year but will need to be carried by the network just like the evening news.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. carolae

    That's just what we do NOT need.....another talk show, especially one with Katie at the helm. She was good at reporting the news but after awhile, kind of gets on your nerves. I have no plans of even tuning in to watch her as I do not like any of the talk shows they have and wouldn't waste my time in doing so. This woman was getting millions of dollars a year just to report the news and to do 'specials'. She is way overrated and has a big ego. No thank you....will not be supporting this program. When I read that they may move General Hospital to another time, that was the last straw. In due time, the ratings will not be what the network was hoping for, so will cancel.

    August 24, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dana

    Can't stand her!!!

    August 24, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dana

    Can't stand her. Never watched her shows.

    August 24, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. arch

    This woman is like one of those reality shows. She really isn't worth much in the interview business. Anybody can sit down and read the news from a prompter. She isn't that good looking. She ego is larger than she is and it is growing. Didn't she get the hint when they fired, (they did it the nice way by asking her to leave because ratings were bad). She is like that other idiot from msnbc. the one that thought he was a sports jock broadcaster till they booted him. He went to the worse news show in the history of TV. He gets booted from there after the idiots finally realized he was worthless, then he goes and gets some other person's ear and they start up this new program where he is their big "hit"! Well, it didn't take long before they realized he wasn't such a hit. In fact, he was a flop and a big flop. Maybe he could throw that into one of his last segments....I'm a big time flip flop. I flipped over to here from that other flop place msnbc and not I have been flopped out of this place which will be another big flop right after I leave. I think I am going to flip flop out of America and go hide in a flipping island where nobody knows who I am. H.e.l.l., he doesn't need to flop to a place like that. He could flop to a place like Bisbee Arizona. They aren't into TVs much and he actually might be able to get a job at the mine giving tours! It sure would be a step up for him. He wouldn't even need to change his name! His first and last name first letters represent what has happened to him....K.O.'d.

    August 24, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Labec

    NO MORE Talk Shows, removed from Reality Shows, Game Shows, Cooking Shows, So You Think you can anything Shows!
    Entertainment just isn't Entertainment any more. Originality and Creativity have left the Industry. They find a thing that works and then completely oversaturate with that one thing in many versions. UGH! Talk shows are just a way to pump their own advertisement of their own projects. UGH!

    August 24, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sandi

    I have never really be a fan of KC. She was ok on the Today show, however, she is not a very good interviewer. She asks a question and includes possible answers. I am sorry to see her move to ABC especially to be involved in the news dept. I think they have one of the best with George S. Oh well. Let her have a chance at another failure. Being interestng and making your subject interesting is an art. She needs to go back to school – and not to teach.

    August 24, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Katie Is An Ugly Old Hag

    A show all about the unit of measurement for a log of p00! Maybe this will help that ragged old washed up thing find a fountain of youth before she is fully fossilized. At least her empty head will make a fabulous place to store extra bags to pull over her head. Don't let the haters get to you Katie! Hold on to that walker and keep up your parade of fugly!!

    August 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Johnathon

    How about calling it ... "Stupid loudmouth reports useless news" she's a has been !! she should just GO AWAY !!

    August 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Can't STAND her! At least we won't have to hear the hideous robotic delivery of her "serious news voice." She always seemed to quit that when she did fluff on the Today show.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oodoodanoo

    I guess "Katie" is a good name, although I thought it was going to be called "Defecation Contest".

    August 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Special k

    I'll give it a watch, to see what shes bring to the tube.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Robert

    An "overrated"...media product TV personality...that should know by now when to quit. Not very original name for a show...and I can tell you that will fail miserably.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  17. fisherofmen

    Wow, its unfortunate how many hateful people are on here! What are you doing with your life again?? Have you interviewed the President or anyone of importance lately? Probably not...Katie is pursuing her dreams and passion. What's wrong with that? If you're not interested then DON'T WATCH. No need to call her names or belittle her...it only makes you look pathetic.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. James

    I never could understand why people who just talk on TV and do nothing else, make so much money. Anyone on TV isn't worth the money they get. Notice I didn't say earn. There are people who are worth a lot of money, but not TV stars. People like doctors, environmentalist who try to help heal the Earth, people who work with the disabled and poor, anyone who help people and the environment are worth far more than those TV and Hollywood people.

    August 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Ken Nelson

    WOW! Great! A show named after my Granddaughter! Wait. Not so? Oh well...

    August 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Gennifer

    I am looking foward to watching Katie's talk show. She was wonderful on the TODAY show. The CBS evening news wasn't her forum where she could express herself. Having said that, I think she did a great job while interviewing Sarah Palin. Katie is talented and this DAYTIME forum is going to make her a STAR again!

    August 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. stillwater

    Just call it "cancelled"

    August 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  22. smok

    I can't stand katie or oprah

    August 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Maty

    Couric is neither very interesting, nor is she that talented a broadcaster. I have no opinion on her journalism chops, but a talk show? However, I do like that Rachel Maddow!

    August 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Vip

    I like Katie Couric on the Today Show so, I will probably watch her new show.
    /makes a note of when the show will air/

    August 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jeff

    The name of the show should have been: Katydid (just another chirp fest)

    August 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Shrug


    R.I.P Originality
    Born ?
    Died – When this Article was Published

    August 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Me

    "Not quite as dumb as Sarah Palin" was already taken?

    August 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Who

    Sounds like fun. She'll ask each guest what their favorite coloring book is.

    August 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Lily

    I don't quite understand why Ms. Couric has lasted so long in this medium. It will be interesting to see if she makes it this time. As for the name "Katie," it's obvious she's trying to be another "Oprah;" and another Oprah she will never be.

    August 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RotoRooter

      Same reason that every movie out now is a re-make or a sequel:

      No one in charge of entertainment can think of anything new, and they don't want to risk giving a chance to an unknown.

      Oprah, Ellen, and The View are only three shows. There must be a market for several thousand more shows like that, right?

      August 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  30. twinnie

    She is so boring to listen to - she seems to have no personality. I'm not sure why she continues to get jobs!!

    August 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jack

    Yay! I can't wait for her show! I love Katie Couric. She's worked very hard and does a great job!

    August 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  32. jrod

    Thank heavens, I was concerned she would name it after her CBS nickname...Nit Wit

    August 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. lorie goldstein

    Looking forward to watching her new show..

    August 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jean

    They should call it "Botox and Propaganda". More Mainstream TV BS.

    August 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. OhioRon

    The show should be called "My failed attempt at being a network anchor"

    August 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ralph Martin

    The name of her show should be "Perky".

    August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. deb0155

    Doesn't Katie Couric know when to quit? She's horrible and that whiny voice – yuch! Hopefully, her show will get dumped! She's just nasty!

    August 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  38. j

    I can hear that tiny annoying voice already – trying to act like a grown up girl...won't be watching. I have enough flies to swat already.

    August 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  39. We Need A New President

    The headline should've read "Katie Couric's new talk show to be called FAILURE." The Today Show is waaaay better without her and her inflated ego. I enjoyed Meredith and now Ann much better than Katie.

    August 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mike

    Katie who?

    August 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Athought

    Wow, there are a lot of haters on this thread! That can only mean one thing in this day and age...Couric is an effective journalist who totally rocks! I am looking forward this, and will definitely be Tivo-ing and watching every show.

    August 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • We Need A New President

      Is that you, Katie? Only you or your agent would write such a silly comment.

      No, Katie, you definitely don't rock. You recently tanked on the CBS Evening News;your newscast LOST viewers and thankfully you were replaced by the MUCH better Scott Pelley.

      And in "this day and age," anyone can get a talk show. Remember Sharon Osbourne? Roseanne Arnold? Jerry Springer? Rikki Lake? Pat Sajak? Katie, your talk show will not make it. It doesn't matter how much you smile...or wear those glasses and try to look stern...or wear short skirts to show off your legs...your talk show will fail.

      August 23, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Athought

      Like I said, lots of haters! All armed with their very own personal "facts" and borderline certifiable, partisan-induced virtual reality.

      Besides following her very successful career over the years, I recently had the pleasure of hearing Katie Couric speak live and in person at the Boston University graduation last spring. She was terrific. She exudes intelligence and integrity, has a wonderful sense of humor, and was very poised, articulate and well-spoken.

      Palin totally blew her interviews with Couric and had no one to blame but herself, so get over it. Couric lobbed one softball after another Palin's way, and Palin completely flubbed each and every one. It was Palin's fault, and the fact that she refuses to own that fact and singled out Couric for blame for the results of what was obviously her own failure to prepare speaks volumes about her lack of character.

      I'll add that the rabid attacks by Palin's supporters on Couric are not only completely unjustifiable, they speak volumes about the creepiness of Palin's "fans," too.

      August 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthfl1

      Athought – looks like you are the hater here, bringing in your partisan anti Palin rants. You see her as a threat huh?
      Katy Couric gave a scripted speech so that means she will have a great talk show.? Hardly. She failed CBS and her attempt to be another OPRAH, while claiming she isn't, proves she is a phoney.
      Her whiny, nasal, monotone voice and her cackle is why most people won't watch her show. Curious to see your next post when her ratings come in after the first two weeks.

      August 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Mitch

    And here I thought we couldn't get anything worse to be on TV. It's a pretty sure bet it won't last long!

    August 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Harry

    She's not sure whether she wants to be Oprah or Barbara Walters. Just think, a network and sponsors are going along with this. Fast forward ten years and she'll be rated below Angela Lansbury who is virtually retired.

    August 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Mark

    It should be called Cee U Next Tuesday!

    August 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  45. barbara

    NO MORE talk shows, especially one with Katie....

    August 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  46. *Wanda

    Congrats to Katie !

    You know pleasing everyone is never possible...

    Isn't jealosy a disease like gambling or alcohol?

    August 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • deb0155

      It's not jealousy! Katie Couric was a horrible anchor and she will make for a very bad talk show host. The woman cannot be trusted – she will do anything for ratings. Who wants to invite that into their home?!

      August 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthfl1

      You really believe jealousy was the reason she tanked the primetime news, putting CBS in last place.
      Did you ever watch it? Her attempt at any serious issue comes off as phoney and she is just a BORE to watch! Period.

      August 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  47. really

    U bring up the twin towers in a joke ? Doesn't make the joke too funny now, does it ?

    August 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stinky McMillan

      Get this strait. I wasnt jokin brother. Butt here is a funny one for ya. *POOT* <-right in ya face.

      August 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sharon

    Couric show is just crap. I am fed up with useless talk shows and reality shows. Enough already. Can no one out there get more creative than this. Anderson Cooper I can see, but Couric. Too many greedy people in the world. Can you imagine , I read somewhere she gets $20 million for this show. Imagine how many people that money could help!!!!!!!! They are just feeding into our already sick society.

    August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Sharon

    Couric show is just crap. I am fed up with useless talk shows and reality shows. Enough already. Can no one out there get more creative than thist. Anderson Cooper I can see, but Couric. Too many greedy people in the world. Can you imagine , I read somewhere she gets $20 million for this show. Imagine how many people that money could help!!!!!!!! They are just feeding into our already sick society.

    August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Stinky McMillan

    "on one.

    August 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Mr Potato Head fell outa my butthole

    "Katie Couric is one of television's iconic figures"

    Noooo. She is an irritant, a pest, an empty suit.

    August 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      She might be an "empty suit" but her bank account sure isn't empty!

      August 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jujubeans

    should have called it Not Oprah

    August 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  53. michaelfury

    Couric never made the kind of careless mistake Rather makes here:


    August 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  54. erich2112x

    Brought to you by 'Eitak' productions which is Katie backwards.

    August 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. michaelfury

    "It might be a profile of a navy seal after Osama Bin Laden has been killed"


    August 23, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan - Canada

      Good lord....by the time 2012 rolls around, no one will care about Bin Laden...they barely care now!

      August 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  56. heamye

    I don't understand why they keep giving her gigs. She's worth millions, she needs to move over and let someone else try for a change. It doesn't seem like anyone is really busting to see her anyway, why does she keep poking her head up?

    August 23, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  57. TJ

    Will her first guest be Sarah Palin??

    August 23, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  58. DJ

    Katie? should have just called it Crap

    August 23, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  59. Reggie

    She should have named it "Oprah".

    August 23, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  60. unbelievable

    Enough of Katie Couric already. Why don't these people know when to step down.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  61. Boof

    I'll bet they paid millions to some research firm to come up with that name. How original.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  62. mejazzbo

    Giggle me this, Anderson Cooper. How do you feel about a network news anchor/reporter with national and international credentials downgraded to talk show host? Please keep your retort down to 21 giggle spasms or less.

    August 23, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  63. @ Peter Yanker

    Well said!

    August 23, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  64. 16 and pregnant mom to be

    Will all the enabling, whining, fat women of America be duped again by the miserable little troll, Couric as they were by Opa?

    August 23, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  65. timbo

    I'm firsty ! My momma will be so proud of me ! Katie wasn't very creative with name of show.

    August 23, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |

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