Disney/ABC has announced a multi-year, multi-platform agreement with Katie Couric, who will host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show that will premiere in September 2012.
IN GENERAL HOSPITAL’S TIME SLOT.
Katie Couric was most recently anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and 60 Minutes correspondent. At ABC, she will be reunited with Jeff Zucker, who will be an executive producer with Couric on the yet-to-be-named syndicated series, which will be based in New York. Couric will also join the ABC News team, contributing to all programs and platforms.
Katie Couric said in a statement, “I’m very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979. It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff, and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can’t wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team.”
Couric’s new afternoon show JUST HAPPENS to be in GH’s time slot — ABC’s last remaining soap after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” end in September and January, respectively — the New York Post reported Tuesday.
The network did not say they were canceling “GH” – their press release claimed that it “continues to support ‘General Hospital.'” But it did not explain what that “support” means. I think it is much like when some asshole dumps you and wants to stay friends. Friends? Friends? YOU TOOK SONNY AND BRENDA AWAY FROM ME.
ABC will premiere two new daytime shows — “The Chew” and “The Revolution” — this fall and next January, and it is possible that “GH” could replace either “The Chew” or “The Revolution” next year if either show fails to catch on. So, obviously, don’t watch EITHER.
FYI: General Hospital is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. Please, please, don’t let this happen.
In other news, I’m selling my TV. Doesn’t seem to have a point any more.