ABC Announces Deal With Katie Couric, Her Syndicated Talk Show Gets 'GH's 3 PM Slot

As expected, ABC today announced its deal with Katie Couric, who will now have had major gigs on all of the Big 3 networks. The pact includes a New York-based daytime talk show, executive produced by Jeff Zucker, which will launch in September 2012, and duties at ABC News where the network says she will contribute to “all programs.” Couric’s syndicated show will air at 3 PM, the time slot where ABC currently airs its soon-to-be only soap General Hospital and which will be returned to the ABC affiliates in September 2012. The yet-untitled Couric show has already been cleared in almost a quarter of the U.S. as it has been picked up by the 8 ABC Owned stations. Despite taking away an hour of its 3-hour daytime block, ABC said that it “continues to support General Hospital, and the plans to launch The Chew in September of this year and The Revolution in January 2012.” If one of the new reality series, which will replace canceled daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live, doesn’t make it beyond its first season, ABC could presumably shift General Hospital to an early slot for fall 2012 if it wants to keep the soap. The deal marks Couric’s return to ABC where she started her career as an assistant in 1979. Here is ABC’s release and an email sent out by ABC News president Ben Sherwood: (more…)

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