We’ve been pretty open about the fact that we’re not huge fans of Katie Couric’s daytime talk show. Clearly, what we’re seeing on-screen reflects the issues going on behind-the-scenes.
Two co-executive producers and a director are the latest departures, according to sources for The Hollywood Reporter. A few other producers previously left the show, following the departure of Jeff Zucker, who’s now at CNN. Rumors are swirling that the show will not make it to the third season and Couric herself might head to CNN. A source for the New York Post says Zucker’s departure from the talk show “left a void.” A second source notes “creative tension.” The tabloid says that there will be additional job cuts.
THR says the show has struggled with the balance of hard news and the fluffier fare that daytime viewers are used to. Indeed if you’ve ever watched the show, one minute there’ll be a segment about some serious health issue, the next Katie is doing a sit down with a celebrity who has a movie to plug. Her ratings for women ages 25-to-54 are actually lower than Steve Harvey’s, who is clearly killing it on his show.
The Atlantic Wire proposes that, if she did go to CNN, there could be space for Couric in the morning (displacing Kate Bouldan) or in primetime. Would you be more likely to watch her show there?