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‘Katie’ Slotted for September 10 Debut

Katie Couric‘s new syndicated talk show, “Katie,” is set to premiere on Monday, September 10th.

Executive producer Jeff Zucker made the announcement this week in an internal webcast with the stations that will air “Katie.”  Zucker also unveiled the show’s logo (right), and announced a couple of key additions to its staff.

Joe Terry, who spent 14 years as the director of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” has been named director, and Kathy Samuels has been hired as co-executive producer.  Samuels had a hand in launching “Rachael Ray” and “Access Hollywood.” Read more

‘Katie’ Finds a Home in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Nashville

Katie Couric’s nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie,” has now been cleared in more than 80% of the nation.

Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced it has gotten clearances for early fringe time periods from broadcast groups including Granite, Griffin, Media General, Meredith, Raycom and Sinclair.

The most recent “Katie” clearances include KSTP (ABC) Minneapolis, WEWS (ABC) Cleveland, KMOV (CBS) St. Louis, KGW (NBC) Portland, WSMV (NBC) Nashville, WCMH (NBC) Columbus, KSL (NBC) Salt Lake City, WLOS (ABC) Greenville/Asheville, KSAT (ABC) San Antonio, WZZM (ABC) Grand Rapids and WBMA (ABC) Birmingham, among others.

The one-hour daily daytime talk show debuts in September. “Katie” will be produced in conjunction with Disney-ABC, and former NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker will be the executive producer.

Come Party With Us Tomorrow!

TVSpy is throwing a party tomorrow night with TVNewser and you’re invited!  Here are the details…

TVNewser & TVSpy Party

Tuesday (the 20th), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tonic Bar & Restaurant, 727 Seventh Avenue (at 48th St.)

If you’re in the New York area, come on by and mingle with your colleagues in the TV news business (note: we can’t guarantee that Katie Couric will be on the dance floor).  RSVP here.

Here’s What ABC O&Os Currently Run in Katie Couric’s Future Spot

ABC has cleared the 3 p.m. time slot for Katie Couric‘s new talk show, which is set to debut in September 2012. Here’s a rundown of what ABC O&Os currently have at 3:00, as well as 4 p.m.:

3:00 4:00
WABC “General Hospital” Local News
KABC “Dr. Oz”* Local News
WLS “Inside Edition”/”Jeopardy!” Local News
WPVI “General Hospital” Local News
KGO “7Live” (KGO-produced lifestyle show) Local News
KTRK “Millionaire?”/ “Inside Edition” Local News
WTVD “General Hospital” Local News
KFSN “Rachael Ray” Local News*

*Debuting in the fall after summer of “Oprah” repeats.

ABC Announces Deal with Couric that Includes O&Os’ 3 p.m. Time Slot

It’s official: Katie Couric has signed a new deal with ABC to host and produce her own syndicated talk show as well as join the ABC News team.

In announcing the multi-year, multi-platform agreement, ABC said that Couric’s new talk show, which will be helmed by Jeff Zucker, has already been cleared in the 3 p.m. time slot at the eight stations owned and operated by ABC, which reside in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.

“Katie Couric is one of television’s iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her,” said Anne Sweeney, president of the ABC Television group, in making the announcement. “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.”

Couric’s daytime talk show is set to premiere in September 2012. Clearing the show in a coveted time slot was a major factor in Couric’s negotiations with networks this spring. According to The New York Times, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor tried to get NBC to clear its stations’ 4 p.m. spot for her.

In Talks with NBC, Couric Demanded a 4 p.m. Guarantee at Stations

ABC is expected to announce a deal with Katie Couric today that hinges on the former “CBS Evening News” anchor’s potential as a syndication star.

Couric and her team, which includes her former “Today” cohort Jeff Zucker, believe that she can fill the daytime hole left by Oprah and this was a key part of the negotiations with ABC, as well as CBS and NBC.

According to The New York Timesdetailed account of Couric’s network negotiations, her team went as far as to demand that NBC have its stations hold Oprah’s longtime 4 p.m. time slot for her. When NBC wouldn’t provide this guarantee, Couric bumped CBS and ABC to the top of her list.

Eventually ABC won out with a pitch that included both its syndication experience and an offer for Couric to regularly contribute to its news division. By all accounts, the deal does not include any time slot guarantees on behalf of ABC stations.

Mary Hart’s Final ‘Entertainment Tonight’

The season of lasts continues on TV. Tonight is Mary Hart‘s final “Entertainment Tonight.”

During the final show, which was taped yesterday, Hart was surprised by former co-hosts Bob Goen, Rob Weller, and John Tesh.

Hart, who has been with the show since 1982, will be replaced by former “Access Hollywood” host Nancy O’Dell, who is a former reporter at WPDE-TV in her native Myrtle Beach, later morning news anchor WCBD-TV in Charleston, before moving to Miami’s WTVJ where she was an anchor/reporter.

There was Katie Couric last night. Next week Oprah Winfrey signs off, and two weeks after that, Meredith Vieira says goodbye to “Today” viewers.

And while Hart has been with the show longest, she wasn’t there from the start. To the way-back YouTube machine!

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‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley’ Debuting in June

It’s official: “60 Minutes” veteran Scott Pelley will replace Katie Couric at the “CBS Evening News” anchor desk.

“Scott has it all. He has the experience, the credibility and he is among the very best reporters ever to work at CBS News,” said Jeff Fager, recently appointed CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes.” “In more than two decades at CBS News, he has distinguished himself at every level, right up to his current role at ’60 Minutes,’ where his work has been incomparable. We like to think of CBS News as the ‘reporter’s network’ and I can’t think of anybody in this business better suited for the anchor chair than Scott.”

“I am delighted to join the terrific team at the ‘CBS Evening News,’” said Pelley.

Pelley joined CBS News as a reporter in 1989. The new “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” will debut on June 6th. Read more at TVNewser

As New Yorkers Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death, WNBC Provides Unrivaled Local Coverage

Following the dramatic announcement late Sunday night that the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden, New York’s WNBC stayed in breaking news mode long after Brian Williams signed off for NBC, as impromptu celebrations sprouted up across the city.

Shiba Russell, who joined the station in February, led WNBC’s coverage of the historic occasion as Ida Siegal reported live near Ground Zero, where thousands of New Yorkers had gathered to celebrate the death of a man who, nearly ten years ago, drastically altered life in the city.

The networks scrambled to cover the news on Sunday night, providing some memorable moments as well as a few intriguing sidebars for TV newsers. NBC seemed by far the best prepared for the event, with Williams quickly assuming his anchor chair and leading the network’s starting lineup of Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, and Richard Engel. Katie Couric, who recently announced that she’s leaving CBS, was noticeably missing from the network’s coverage Sunday night as Lara Logan appeared with anchor Russ Mitchell shortly after her moving “60 Minutes” interview aired. Over on ABC, George Stephanopoulos was at the anchor desk, leaving one to ponder exactly what time he gets to work everyday for his “GMA” job.

In the end, though, it was WNBC’s coverage that was the most memorable as the NBC flagship was the only network affiliated station in New York to provide live, local coverage of the news that obviously bears special significance for the city. Read more

Couric Blames Poor Ratings on Local News Lead-Ins

As Katie Couric prepares to leave the anchor desk at “CBS Evening News,” which has perennially come in third place during her tenure, she is blaming  her ratings woes on CBS-affiliates.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Couric indignantly points the finger at CBS stations:

I believe we were in third place for 13 years before I got here, and I think habits, particularly with an evening news broadcast, move at a glacial pace. And I think that local news stations have something to do with it.

Pressed to clarify her damning view of CBS’s local news lead-ins, Couric responded, “I’m just saying what I’ve read or some of the theories about it.” Not willing to go into greater detail, she said that “some people” have told her that “local news is really important in terms of lead-ins.”

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