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Is ABC canceling General Hospital to make room for Katie Couric?

According to TMZ, the departing CBS Evening News anchor is close to signing a $20 million deal with ABC for a daytime talk show as well as a significant role at ABC News. Couric's one-hour syndicated show would premiere in September 2012 in General Hospital's current time slot, the report says.

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That would either mean canceling General Hospital

— ABC's last remaining soap — or Couric could replace one of ABC's upcoming lifestyle shows, The Chew or The Revolution, should either fail. Both shows are replacing ABC's axed soaps, All My Children and One Life to Live.

CBS pulls Couric talk show offer

However, an ABC insider tells TVGuide.com that a deal with Couric is not imminent and the network "still feels like an underdog" in the bidding war to land her. Couric is under contract until June 4 at CBS, which withdrew its own offer for her talk show earlier this week. But CBS still has the right to match whatever offer Couric receives until that date.An e-mail to Couric's rep was not immediately returned.