Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Katie Couric On the Verge of $20 Million ABC Deal (and Kills General Hospital)
tmz ^ | 5/5/2011 | TMZ Staff

Posted on 05/06/2011 5:17:38 AM PDT by tlb

Katie Couric and ABC television are on the verge of signing a $20 million deal, which would give Katie her own talk show, as well as significant involvement in ABC News -- and the big casualty could be "General Hospital."

ABC would also give Katie a 1-hour, 5-day-a-week syndicated talk show, that would begin in September, 2012. Our sources say ... one option ABC is considering is giving its affiliates back the hour where "General Hospital" airs to make room for Katie. In other words, ABC would axe the third longest-running soap in history and the last one standing on ABC.

We're told ... when the dust settles and ABC's daytime schedule gets rearranged, Katie would probably land in the 3 PM time slot.

BTW ... we're told Matt Lauer will NOT be part of Katie's show.

As for the moola, our sources say the entire package for Katie and her partner, Jeff Zucker is a $20 million GUARANTEE for the syndicated show -- and that's just for the the first year.

(Excerpt) Read more at tmz.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abc; couric; curic; enemedia; fecalweight; generalhospital; katiecolon; katiecommie; katiecouric; katietheclown; lauer; perkypig
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last
The HAW HAW posts over Katie's demise may have been premature. Again. My mom will miss General Hospital, but networks don't care about the old demographics.
1 posted on 05/06/2011 5:17:44 AM PDT by tlb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: tlb

Don’t confuse other no talent hacks giving this no talent hack gobs of money....

It was fairly predictable that she’d kill CBS evening news, and they paid her 16 mil a year to do it.....

Had they given...say..Brit Hume that money..they might have better ratings than the average cable show.


2 posted on 05/06/2011 5:20:27 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you don't have to...." ;)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

Replace General Hospital for this vapid, ignorant c*** ? Get a rope.


3 posted on 05/06/2011 5:20:50 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb
This is a BIG mistake! A daytime show with “perky Katie” is a recipe for disaster. I do not watch GH, but you can bet not one loyal GH viewer will watch her!!
4 posted on 05/06/2011 5:21:45 AM PDT by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;therefore choose life..")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

Katie is the old Lefty demographic.

Does Disney have this much self hate to pay this tired lfty loser more money after she killed of CBS evening news?

Do the stockholders ever get to stop madness ?

Does the Disney family have any control anymore ?


5 posted on 05/06/2011 5:21:57 AM PDT by ncalburt (DO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

ABC just shot itself, expensively, in the foot. If this fails Couric is done.


6 posted on 05/06/2011 5:22:14 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

The writers for General Hospital have a better grasp of reality than Katie....


7 posted on 05/06/2011 5:23:36 AM PDT by G Larry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

What is it with liberals that make them invest in failure again and again?


8 posted on 05/06/2011 5:24:15 AM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization that must be outlawed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Anti-Bubba182

It’s ‘failure’ is a foregone conclusion, and Ms. Couric has been ‘done’ for many years now. (Pun intended)


9 posted on 05/06/2011 5:25:23 AM PDT by nesnah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: All

Blithering members of the establishment get to fail as many times as they want to. She’s a total leftist idiot dedicated to socialism, elitism, and political correctness religion. That qualifies her for any job she wants.


10 posted on 05/06/2011 5:25:51 AM PDT by Luke21
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: tlb
ABC would also give Katie a 1-hour, 5-day-a-week syndicated talk show

Translation: new Hard Left talking-points show to get the democrat, MoveOn, Soros, mOslim, hate-America propaganda out to the soccer moms. Filling the OHprah void.

11 posted on 05/06/2011 5:26:21 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

What evidence does ABC have that Katie can draw and hold an audience?


12 posted on 05/06/2011 5:28:56 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

Somebody has lost their friggin mind.


13 posted on 05/06/2011 5:31:39 AM PDT by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

I fail to see the appeal of that woman.


14 posted on 05/06/2011 5:31:47 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: srmorton

Katie simply killed off General Hospital before ObamaCare had the chance.


15 posted on 05/06/2011 5:33:01 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: tlb

They had better give her a one month contract to ascertain how many viewers they will lose/month.


16 posted on 05/06/2011 5:36:42 AM PDT by chainsaw ("The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

What a waste of money! Utter FAIL in-the-making.


17 posted on 05/06/2011 5:40:38 AM PDT by nfldgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

OMG~! Doesn’t ABC have stockholders? what would they think about this?

Come to think of it, what do stockholders think of their libtard news money pits?

Don’t they have some kind of fiduciary responsibility to the stockholders to NOT LOSE MONEY?


18 posted on 05/06/2011 5:42:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

Katie is to the Big 3, what Obama is the the US economy—a complete wreck!


19 posted on 05/06/2011 5:47:16 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Perfect, right between Maury and Steve Wiklos. Another Whose The Daddy DNA test show.


20 posted on 05/06/2011 5:48:58 AM PDT by falcon1966
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: tlb

Colon girl should drop out of the public spotlight !


21 posted on 05/06/2011 5:50:24 AM PDT by CORedneck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

I don’t see why so many FReepers are getting upset over this. It’s ABC’s money and if they want to waste their money on Katie then let them. More power to them!

Let the Dinosaur Media Deathwatch continue with Katie and ABC in their dance of destruction. I want to see how much money ABC is willing to throw at her before they throw her under the bus.

Place you bets here how long this relationship is going to last and how much money ABC is going to burn as a result of their enlightened decision.

Any time Leftists throw their money away is a good day for me which is an excuse to celebrate.


22 posted on 05/06/2011 5:54:04 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

This show is not a money-making proposition. It’s more like an infomercial that the commies bought from ABC.


23 posted on 05/06/2011 6:01:52 AM PDT by HIDEK6
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pecos
Katie simply killed off General Hospital before ObamaCare had the chance.

Speaking of ObamaCare, I just got a note from my doctor that said:

... you will be asked to complete a new “Patient Demographic Data for Meaningful Use” form. This form asks each patient to identify their race, ethnicity, and preferred language. [The doctor] has initiated this first step in response to the Federal Governments’ Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2008.

I'm sure the government having such information will make me much healthier.

24 posted on 05/06/2011 6:09:36 AM PDT by rustbucket
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: tlb

a “couric” is a unit of fecal weight.


25 posted on 05/06/2011 6:17:16 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave
What is it with liberals that make them invest in failure again and again

Failure is a resume enhancement with liberals. The more they fail, the higher they rise in stature. Jimmy Carter, the second most failed president in history is now a statesman. B H Obama, a disaster of epic proportions, after his one term presidency will be an even more revered statesman than Carter.

As for failure itself and in the rare instances when liberals do admit to it.. why of course it's everybody and everything's fault except the person who failed.

26 posted on 05/06/2011 6:19:05 AM PDT by libh8er
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: subterfuge
Translation: new Hard Left talking-points show to get the democrat, MoveOn, Soros, mOslim, hate-America propaganda out to the soccer moms. Filling the OHprah void.


27 posted on 05/06/2011 6:24:24 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: tlb

I’m surprised anyone is willing to pay her more than minimum wage


28 posted on 05/06/2011 6:24:45 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb
Shouldn’t she be working for Huffinton Post, moveon.crap or Al-Qaeda?
29 posted on 05/06/2011 6:26:16 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

Katie must have something on the suits at CBS - else they would have unceremoniously showed here the door.


30 posted on 05/06/2011 6:26:26 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rustbucket

Thanks for the heads up on the form. Now I have more time to think up inventive answers.

Race - 5K
Ethnicity - Engineer
Preferred Language - FORTRAN

Other contributions are welcome.


31 posted on 05/06/2011 6:29:11 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine
Any time Leftists throw their money away is a good day for me which is an excuse to celebrate.

Yes , I'm with ya. Great to see the MSM squander their dwindling resources. My only fear is the inevitable Obama bailout of his pals in the MSM.

Just another example of the Leftist establishment taking care of its own.

32 posted on 05/06/2011 6:32:55 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: tlb

My household did not watch the Perky one on NBC, did not watch on CBS, will not watch on ABC.


33 posted on 05/06/2011 6:41:29 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: srmorton

...you can bet not one loyal GH viewer will watch her!!

&&&
I would not take that bet; women who watch soap operas do not egage in much critical thinking. Many of them will tune in to Couric to have her tell them how to think.

I am willing to bet the Obananites are behind this. It will be a perfect platform for pushing the socialist agenda.


34 posted on 05/06/2011 6:42:14 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: sergeantdave

What is it with liberals that make them invest in failure again and again?

&&&
I wish I shared your belief that it will fail. IMO, Couric’s show will be successful as a platform for the Pharoah’s agenda.


35 posted on 05/06/2011 6:45:22 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Pecos

Great minds and all that. I had thought to put

Race - NASCAR
Ethnicity - Texan
Preferred Language - FORTRAN

I see we speak the same language. I could claim engineer ethnicity too. Maybe I should hyphenate my ethnicity entry since hyphenation is in vogue these days. My ethnicity could be: Texan-engineer


36 posted on 05/06/2011 6:47:21 AM PDT by rustbucket
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: tlb

Suggested name for Katie’s new show: General Asylum


37 posted on 05/06/2011 7:04:28 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pecos; rustbucket

RACE - American League West
ETHNICITY - Texan-Engineer
PREFERRED LANGUAGE - Verilog

******

Since so many of us are engineers, I’ll add:

EDITOR - Emacs


38 posted on 05/06/2011 7:06:39 AM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: rustbucket

Maybe Engineer-American

Race - Soapboxderby

Given that FORTRAN is nearly a dead language, I’ve been thinking about taking up Latin (which may actually have more followers these days). Then, I could claim to be a Latin-American. ;-)


39 posted on 05/06/2011 7:10:37 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: tlb
Well I can't wait for all the ‘hate’ speech for Katie getting stinking rich... Will she also get special tax loopholes and/or waivers, because she is liberal???? I mean really ABC could donate that time slot to the needy and donate her salary to the treasury.... if these Sybils had a honest DNA gene in them we could really make some ‘progress’.
40 posted on 05/06/2011 7:16:00 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red
"Many of them will tune in to Couric to have her tell them how to think."

You are underestimating the loyalty of these females. My grandma will not watch one second of CBS since they canned 'Guiding Light'.

The types of females are so involved in the characters, that they write 10,000 word Opuses to the head writers on how they are screwing up their "favorites".
41 posted on 05/06/2011 7:17:00 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: tlb

>>ABC would axe the third longest-running soap in history and the last one standing on ABC.

GH has indeed been on a long time. One or two episodes of Mystery Sci. Theatre 3000 had a “short” of a black-and-white General Hospital episode from the 60s.

Meanwhile, a soap spoof from SCTV. Monday...Tuesday...Wednesday... (etc)....These are...
The Days Of The Week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKgwV4DSw3U


42 posted on 05/06/2011 7:26:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ncalburt

“Do the stockholders ever get to stop madness ?”

Yes. Ultimately, the stockholders got rid of Eisner.

“Does the Disney family have any control anymore ?”

Yes and no. Since Roy E. died, there is no Disney on the board. But the surviving family members, such as Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller, have enormous influence because of the amount of stock they hold, as well as their influence with the other stockholders, the public, and their access to the media.

They don’t involve themselves in day-to-day operations of the company. The Couric deal is just another misstep made by the mediocre CEO, Robert Iger.


43 posted on 05/06/2011 8:52:19 AM PDT by Blue Ink
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: ncalburt

“Do the stockholders ever get to stop madness ?”

Yes. Ultimately, the stockholders got rid of Eisner.

“Does the Disney family have any control anymore ?”

Yes and no. Since Roy E. died, there is no Disney on the board. But the surviving family members, such as Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller, have enormous influence because of the amount of stock they hold, as well as their influence with the other stockholders, the public, and their access to the media.

They don’t involve themselves in day-to-day operations of the company. The Couric deal is just another misstep made by the mediocre CEO, Robert Iger.


44 posted on 05/06/2011 8:52:19 AM PDT by Blue Ink
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine

“I don’t see why so many FReepers are getting upset over this. It’s ABC’s money and if they want to waste their money on Katie then let them. More power to them!”

Because ABC is owned by Disney, so it’s Disney’s money and a Disney decision. And I used to work for the Walt Disney company, and it’s depressing to see what it’s become in my lifetime.

The Walt Disney company produced original American high art, every bit as much as the Vatican painters repped Italy. Look who runs it now, and except for Lasseter’s Pixar crew, look at what they crap out. That’s why this Couric deal bothers me.


45 posted on 05/06/2011 9:18:15 AM PDT by Blue Ink
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: tlb

It must be nice to be able to blow up a four-hour block of your schedule with no guarantee that you’re going to keep the audience.


46 posted on 05/06/2011 9:28:37 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tlb

47 posted on 05/06/2011 9:33:19 AM PDT by SparkyBass
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]



Get That Smug Fox
Away From the Hen House
Support Free Republic


Sponsoring FReepers leapfrog0202 and another person will contribute $10
Each time a new monthly donor signs up!
Get more bang for your buck
Sign up today

Save Lazamataz

48 posted on 05/06/2011 10:17:39 AM PDT by TheOldLady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Pecos; jtal

When I saw the term Verilog, I immediately thought of Versalog slide rule. I went through undergrad engineering school using a K&E slide rule and figuring out where the decimal point should go in the answer. What a pain. No hand calculators back then.

The first computer language I learned was ALGOL in grad school. FORTRAN was a step backwards from ALGOL, but it was what the company I went to work for used.

My youngest son is a computer scientist programming in languages I’ve never heard of.


49 posted on 05/06/2011 11:50:47 AM PDT by rustbucket
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: tlb

The only “Soap Operas” that I know people watch anymore are the evening Novelas on the Spanish channel.

There is a “Soap Channel” that airs the soaps at night. So that’s probably the logical destination for soap operas in the future. Ever since the majority of women became part of the workforce, daytime soap operas were on the endangered list.


50 posted on 05/06/2011 11:54:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson