ABC/Disney could announce Kate Couric's long-rumored syndicated talk show as early as Monday, says The Hollywood Reporter.
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The deal would find Couric not just hosting, but also armed with some ownership stake in the daytime talk show, which will be executive produced by former NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Zucker. It may be no coincidence that the announcement comes on the tail of Oprah Winfrey's departure from daytime TV, as ABC must be hoping that Couric can fill Winfrey's void and dominate the daytime talk scene.
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The show is expected to tape 39 weeks out of the year — the rest of the weeks will be filled with reruns, meaning that the show will likely focus on softer, more evergreen issues than hard, timely news. However, Couric is expected to be part of the ABC News team, but not necessarily as a featured broadcaster on any of ABC's news shows.