Will Oprah’s shoes be half full or half empty as Katie Couric hits the scene in kick ass fashion with her new show named after well, herself. Katie has been considered America’s sweetheart due in large part to her co-anchor role for 15 years on The Today Show. After her husband died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42; Couric became a spokeswoman for colon cancer awareness. She bravely underwent a colonoscopy on-air in March 2000, and, according to a study published in 2003 in Archives of Internal Medicine, could have inspired many others to get checked as well. She has a resume overflowing with landmark accomplishments similar to that of Super power Oprah Winfrey. In fact, one way to look at is that Oprah paved the way for hosts such as Katie, providing a platform and a formula that could be reproduced if you possessed the “X” factor. It appears that Katie has it and is gracing the screen of flat screen TV’s across the world doing what she does best, “Being Katie”. She’s lovable and has a knack for effortlessly making topics very relatable , for example, revealing that she had struggled with bulimia throughout college and for two years afterwards. It’s a combination that has resulted in great ratings and a bright future for the novice talk show host.
Today her show was very reminiscent of the talk show Queen herself as I watched Katie surprise her guest audience with holiday presents. Those lucky enough to be in the audience yelled and screamed in sheer delight at all the ‘things’ they would be taking home for free. At one point when the cameras scanned the audience for their response to the news, it looked so much Oprah’s audience on a Favorite Things episode that I forgot what I watching. Although it was reported that Katie Couric’s long-awaited daytime show debut received mixed reviews, I think it’s safe to say that if she continues to master Oprah’s formula across the board with a sprinkle of Katie, she’ll be doling out new cars and houses in no time.
Words by Sid Powell
Sid Powell is the NAACP nominated screenplay writer of ‘Somebody’s Child’, a mother of two, and the owner of SIDPo Productions. Read more about how SIDPo Productions is ‘Changing Everything’ at www.sidpoproductions.com.