Katie (talk show)

Katie was an American talk show that aired in syndication from September 10, 2012 to July 30, 2014. It was hosted by former ABC News and Yahoo News correspondent Katie Couric.[4][5] It premiered on September 10, 2012,[6] with the second season debut on September 9, 2013.[7] On December 19, 2013, Disney–ABC Domestic Television and Katie Couric mutually agreed to cancel the show.[8][9] The last show was taped on June 12, 2014[10] and the series finale aired on July 30, 2014.

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GenreTalk show
Created byKatie Couric
Directed byJoseph Terry
(Season 1)[1]
Presented byKatie Couric
Opening theme"This Day" performed by Sheryl Crow
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes327[2]
Executive producers
Running time42 minutes
Production companyKAC Productions
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 10, 2012 (2012-09-10) –
July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)


Katie covered news and topics "that people care about".[11] It was essentially a lifestyle show, but with news components to reflect Couric's background and interests.[12] During an interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2011, Couric said that she expected the show to cover various issues and be a mixture of The Oprah Winfrey Show and Today.[13]

When launching the show, Couric had incorporated her affiliation with the ABC News division into her talk show. Colleagues Christiane Amanpour, Deborah Roberts, Sam Champion, Leo Jean, Matt Gutman, Richard Besser, Marci Gonzalez, Jim Avila, Dan Abrams, Josh Elliot, Brian Ross, and ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer made appearances on her show to report on events related to news. Couric had The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan of Live! with Kelly and Michael, and some cast members of the soap opera General Hospital come on the show.


On June 6, 2011, it was announced that Katie Couric had signed up a deal with Disney–ABC Television Group for a syndicated talk show that would premiere in September 2012 and be distributed by Disney–ABC Domestic Television.[5] In the process, ABC announced intentions to relinquish to its affiliates the final hour of its daytime programming lineup (3–4 p.m. Eastern Time), occupied at the time by the soap opera General Hospital, to make room for the new program.[13] The decision was made due to resistance from ABC affiliates to air Katie at 4:00 p.m. (ET) because many of them expanded their local newscasts during the timeslot after The Oprah Winfrey Show went off the air in 2011.[12]

In March 2012, Couric and Zucker reportedly expressed concern to ABC executives about having the ABC Daytime talk show The Revolution as a possible lead-in to Katie due to the program's stagnant ratings and concerns of potential fan outcry should the launch of Katie result in the cancellation of General Hospital.[14] On April 11, 2012, ABC decided to keep General Hospital on the air, while effectively canceling The Revolution.[15][16] ABC later announced that General Hospital would be moving to the 2 p.m. (ET) timeslot starting September 10, 2012, thus making it the lead-in for Katie on most of the ABC stations carrying the program.[17] The first official promo for the show was released on June 14, 2012.[18]

Katie premiered on Monday, September 10, 2012. The show aired at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on all eight ABC owned-and-operated stations (O&O), as part of their local schedules.[5] Approximately 96 percent of the affiliates that carried the show in the 50 top U.S markets were ABC stations. Although affiliates were encouraged to air Katie during the 3:00 p.m. timeslot (ET),[5][13][19] the actual airtime of the program varied from one market to another. The executive producer of the program was former NBCUniversal CEO and former executive producer of Today, Jeff Zucker.[20] He left the show in January 2013 to join CNN.[21][22]

In Canada, Katie ran nationwide on the City network at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT).[23][24] On January 30, 2013, Katie was renewed for a second and final season.[25] On December 19, 2013, it was announced that Katie was canceled.[10] In a statement, Disney-ABC and Couric said: "We've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show. We're very proud of everyone’s contributions to making Katie the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-13, and we look forward to the rest of the season."[10]

Beginning in the 2013–14 television season, seven of the network's O&O stations (excluding KFSN-TV) and the network's San Antonio affiliate, KSAT-TV, decided to relocate General Hospital back to the 3:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. CT timeslot via tape delay.[26][27][28]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Result
2013 39th People's Choice Awards Favorite New Talk Show Host Nominated
40th Daytime Emmy Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative Nominated
2014 41st Daytime Emmy Awards Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host Won (tied)

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (June 10, 2013). "Two More Producers Exit Katie". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ "Katie on Syndication". TV Guide. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-05-24). "'Katie' Shakeup: Rachel Miskowiec Replaces Michael Morrison As Executive Producer". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  4. ^ Fernandez, Sofia (August 22, 2011). "Katie Couric Talk Show Will Be Called Katie". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ a b c d Lacey Rose; Marisa Guthrie (June 6, 2011). "It's Official: Katie Couric Will Host Syndicated Talk Show at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Albiniak, Paige (March 15, 2012). "Katie to Premiere Sept. 10". Broadcasting & Cable.
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 5, 2013). "Li'l Wayne to Appear on the 'Katie' Season 2 Premiere, Monday, September 9". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Archived from the original on September 8, 2013.
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 19, 2013). "'Katie' Canceled After Two Seasons by Disney-ABC". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 19, 2013). "It's Official: Katie Couric's Syndicated Talk Show To End After Two Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c Carter, Bill (December 19, 2013). "Katie to End Production in June After Two Seasons". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Rose, Lacey (June 6, 2011). "Katie Couric Opens Up About Her New Talk Show (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ a b "ABC Renews 'General Hospital' and 'The Chew,' Cancels 'The Revolution'". The Hollywood Reporter. April 11, 2012.
  13. ^ a b c Castina (June 7, 2011). "What Does Katie Couric's Talk Show Mean For "General Hospital?"". Pop Crunch.
  14. ^ "Will Katie Couric Save General Hospital?". TV Guide. March 9, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  15. ^ "ABC's The Revolution Cancelled, General Hospital Renewed". Deadline Hollywood. April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  16. ^ "BREAKING NEWS! ABC Renews General Hospital". Soap Opera Digest. April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  17. ^ "ABC'S GENERAL HOSPITAL TIME PERIOD CHANGE BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 10, 2012". ABC Medianet. June 26, 2012. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  18. ^ "Katie Couric Talk Show Debuts Web Promo (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. June 12, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  19. ^ Lewis, Errol (June 6, 2011). "Clearing Up the Statements: What Will ABC Daytime Look Like in Fall 2012?". Soap Opera Network.
  20. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 24, 2011). "Katie Couric's Daytime Show 'Katie' Cleared In Over 60% of the Country In Just Six Weeks". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 27, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 17, 2012). "Katie Couric's Syndicated Talk Show Seeks Executive Producer As Jeff Zucker Eyes Exit". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 29, 2012). "'Katie' Prepares For Life After Jeff Zucker". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  23. ^ "Better. Every. Day. Citytv Unveils Strongest Prime-Time Schedule for 2012-13 Season". Canada Newswire. May 29, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  24. ^ "Katie — citytv.com". Citytv. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 30, 2013). "'Katie' Officially Renewed For Season 2". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  26. ^ Lewis, Errol (August 19, 2014). "General Hospital Time Slot Switch: The Affected Stations Fall Afternoon Lineups". Soap Opera Network. United States: Manti, Inc. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  27. ^ Fairman, Michael (September 5, 2014). "MONDAY: General Hospital Is On The Move With Its Timeslot Change In 8 Major Markets!". Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps. United States. Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  28. ^ SOD (September 8, 2014). "GH'S TIME SLOT CHANGE TAKES PLACE TODAY!". Soap Opera Digest. American Media. Retrieved April 6, 2015.