Thursday, May 23, 2024

Katie Couric Talk Show Officially Cancelled at ABC-Disney


Katie Couric’s talk show is over after two seasons on ABC. The official announcement comes on the heels of the news that Katie has also left ABC News for Yahoo! to do something. “Katie” was never a hit. Couric was never comfortable in the talk show format, much as Jane Pauley wasn’t eons ago.

Talk shows are no place for people with news backgrounds. Couric just couldn’t adjust to the daily routine of churning out nonsensical chit chat. She also wasn’t good with ‘regular’ people. While Oprah thrived on the audience, Couric seemed mystified by them. Her forte is interviews with top leaders and celebrities. And that is not the stuff of talk shows.

The “Katie” cancellation is ironically timed since ABC just released those great figures on “General Hospital.” Couric’s show was meant originally to replace the soap opera. It was part of a larger scheme that did cancel “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Now ABC has a vacant hour again. Meanwhile, Meredith Vieira, who succeeded Katie on the Today Show, will come in the fall with her own talk show on NBC.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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