If you’ve been paying attention to daytime ratings, then Katie Couric’s talk show getting the boot really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Still, once seen as the most successful morning anchor of her generation, Couric has slowly slid into a few seasons of daytime fodder and hot topic trends.
It’s a far cry from her reporting on the Today show, or even her previous show on CBS, and it’s obvious that no one was ready for this transition. Those who watched Couric on television enjoyed the woman with an easy disposition who covered hard-hitting news but, slowly, Couric became the woman talking about the Kardashians instead. In the end, it doesn’t look like people wanted or needed to see her in that role.
It’s been revealed that Katie Couric herself didn’t want that for her talk show, either. As news breaks about Katie’s talk show being canned, show insiders are coming forth telling the real story about what went wrong. Apparently, a lot of it had to do with creative differences. While Couric wanted a more news-driven production, producers pushed for a lighter show filled with gossip-focused content.
During a segment with the cast members from the film The Family, it was painfully obvious that Couric was uncomfortable “going there” with cast member Dianna Agron when she asked about the death of her former Glee co-star and friend, Cory Monteith. It was an uncomfortable moment to watch for all parties involved, and the exchange received an icy stare from the film’s star, Robert DeNiro, who was with Agron to promote the film.
In the end, ABC decided to pull the plug on the daily talk show, and announced earlier today that a third season won’t be happening.
“While production will continue on ‘Katie’ through June 2014, 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 #1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.”
As for the drop in ratings Couric’s show, last month she pulled in 2.17 million viewers, which is nothing compared to her $50 million dollar production budget when the show started in 2012.
Couric plans to enter in a new role at Yahoo as Global Anchor. Hopefully she finds a happy medium.