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Katie Couric, Epix Sued For $12M Over Edits
Deadline, Sep 13, 2016, 1:29 PM EDT
First Katie Couric was called out for self-admitted editing in an exchange with members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League in the documentary Under The Gun, now she, the film’s director and cable net Epix itself are being sued for over $12 million over the edits. Link | Comments (1)
Yahoo's Mayer Standing By Katie Couric
Variety, Jun 10, 2016, 5:51 AM EDT
Couric Apologizes For ‘Misleading’ Gun Doc
Variety, May 31, 2016, 5:52 AM EDT
Katie Couric has apologized for the Under the Gun documentary that aired on Epix, saying she regrets the editing process that was “misleading.” In a statement posted on the Under the Gun website, Couric took responsibility and expressed regret for the editing process. Link | Comments (4)
Katie Couric Eyes An Exit From Yahoo
New York Post, May 5, 2016, 3:13 PM EDT
Katie Couric is considering leaving Yahoo, which is looking to sell itself  to a yet-to-be-named buyer. While company execs have been buzzing that the media superstar is preparing to announce that she’s departing after 2½ years as a global anchor at Yahoo News, sources close to Couric say she will wait to find out who buys the struggling tech giant. Link | Comments (8)
Couric Hunkers Down At Struggling Yahoo
New York Daily News, Mar 4, 2016, 6:32 AM EST
Yahoo’s announced the loss of around 1,700 jobs and a cataclysmic refocusing of its website. But Katie Couric, the glitzy Global News Anchor for the embattled Web portal, still plans to wait and see what happens to the company, a source close to the journalist says. Link | Add comment
Pressure On Couric To Deliver Amid Yahoo Cutbacks
New York Post, Feb 19, 2016, 6:24 AM EST
Yahoo's Troubles Put Focus On Couric
The Washington Post, Dec 9, 2015, 8:10 AM EST
As Yahoo considers selling its core Internet business, its $10 million investment in Katie Couric is coming under scrutiny as a lackluster move. There's uncertainty over how many video views Couric has garnered, but the math suggests that the revenue from ads tied to them isn't close to making up for her salary. Couric was initially a major coup for CEO Marissa Mayer as part of a move to expand original content. Link | Comments (1)
Couric Launches Live Streaming Yahoo Newscast
TVNewser, Jul 27, 2015, 2:51 PM EDT
Couric Reups With Yahoo In $10M Deal
Re/code, Jun 15, 2015, 6:40 AM EDT
Katie Couric is renewing her news deal with Yahoo, which sources said will raise her annual package there from upwards of $6 million to $10 million. A spokesman for Couric confirmed that the well-knowm news anchor would be continuing with Yahoo, but neither he nor Yahoo would give additional specifics about the deal or about Couric’s compensation. Link | Add comment
Katie Couric Not Pulling In Page Views At Yahoo
New York Daily News, Apr 28, 2015, 6:32 AM EDT
Katie Couric's Epic Prank On James Corden
TVNewsCheck, Apr 2, 2015, 8:27 AM EDT
Couric Pitches Comedy With Michelle Pfeiffer
Variety, Apr 2, 2015, 6:04 AM EDT
Cable channels and streaming services may not be in the morning TV news business, but they’re considering entry in the form of a fictional comedy series set in that world. That’s the premise of a hot pitch making the rounds this week at HBO, Showtime, AMC, Netflix and Amazon that would star Michelle Pfeiffer as an anchor not unlike the one once played in real life by Katie Couric, the Today veteran who is attached to the project as an executive producer. Murphy Brown creator Diane English would write and produce the series. Link | Add comment
Gregory To Join Couric On Yahoo Election Special
The New York Times, Oct 29, 2014, 6:36 AM EDT
book review
The Triumph Of Women In Network News
The Washington Post, Sep 28, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT
In the long, exhausting march to equality, the trope about successful women is that they’re not only as qualified as their male counterparts, but better: more talented, more collegial and basically nicer human beings. That is patently untrue in The News Sorority, Sheila Weller’s dishy, bitchy biography of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour. The three newswomen are portrayed as exceptional primarily for their ambition, entitlement and ability to manipulate network executives. Forget those feel-good inspirational platitudes: This book reads like the love child of Machiavelli’s The Prince and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Link | Add comment
'News Sorority' Looks At Couric, Sawyer, Amanpour
The Daily Beast, Aug 27, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT
Katie Couric Bids Farewell To Daytime TV
The Hollywood Reporter, Jul 31, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
On the last episode of Katie, the host looked back at memorable guests and segments over the show’s two-year history. Link | Comments (1)
Katie Couric Marries Financier In Hamptons
The Associated Press, Jun 23, 2014, 6:20 AM EDT
Katie Couric In Talks To Co-Host ‘Today’
New York Post, May 5, 2014, 6:24 AM EDT
Katie Couric is in preliminary talks to head back to NBC’s Today — at least on a temporary basis. Couric is a contender to sit in and co-host the No. 2 morning show while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave, sources say. Link | Comments (6)
'Rachael' Moving To ABC O&Os In 4 Cities
TVNewsCheck, Jan 30, 2014, 9:20 AM EST
CBS Television Distribution's Rachael Ray has been on CBS stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco and Tribune's WGN Chicago and Titan's KUBE Houston. ABC says it has not yet decided where it is going to put Rachael in the KABC and KGO lineups, but speculation is it could take 3-4 p.m. now occupied by Katie, which is not returning in the fall. Full Story | Comments (3)
Couric Makes Documentary Debut At Sundance
Associated Press, Jan 20, 2014, 5:53 AM EST
Katie Couric Makes Her Yahoo Debut Today
Politico, Jan 13, 2014, 2:55 PM EST
Second Season Will Be The End For ‘Katie’
TVNewsCheck, Dec 19, 2013, 4:59 PM EST
The Disney-ABC syndicated talk show hosted by Katie Couric will wrap up production in June 2014. Full Story | Comments (7)
Katie Couric To Earn $6M A Year At Yahoo
New York Daily News, Dec 17, 2013, 7:27 AM EST
Her global anchor job at Yahoo will be Couric's secondary focus as she finishes up the second season of Katie, her syndicated talk show, according to a source. Couric's company is paid $20 million to produce the show, but the media maven could be looking at a pay cut if ABC decides not to renew it. Link | Add comment
Katie Couric Apologizes For HPV Segment
Huffington Post, Dec 11, 2013, 6:52 AM EST
Couric Under Fire For Report On HPV Vaccine
Los Angeles Times, Dec 6, 2013, 2:16 PM EST
Katie Couric may want to brush up on her reporting skills before she takes on her new role as "global anchor" at Yahoo!, according to a number of critics displeased with a report about the HPV vaccine on her syndicated talk show, Katie. Link | Comments (2)
Q&A with Katie Couric
How Much Of Couric Is Yahoo Really Getting?
Ad Age, Nov 26, 2013, 5:57 AM EST
She's just the latest big name in news to join Yahoo under CEO Marissa Mayer, who personally courted the former co-host of Today and anchor of the CBS Evening News. She arrives right behind former New York Times tech writer David Pogue, New York Times Magazine staffer Matt Bai and editor Megan Liberman. Hours after the news was announced Monday, Couric talked about why she made the leap. Link | Add comment
Yahoo Announces Deal With Katie Couric
Associated Press, Nov 25, 2013, 12:25 PM EST
Katie Couric officially is heading online with a Yahoo deal that had been rumored. The Web giant announced this morning the Couric will serve as global anchor beginning in 2014, working with “a growing team of global correspondents who will report on live world events, anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and thought leaders, and much more. Full Story | Comments (2)
Couric Exiting ABC News; No Word On Talker
TVNewsCheck, Nov 22, 2013, 4:25 PM EST
Katie Couric is leaving ABC News for a show on Yahoo, ABC News has confirmed. But Disney-ABC is still not saying whether she will be back to host a third season of her talk show. Assuming she will not, broadcasters are already making plans for life without Katie. Full Story | Comments (1)
Johns Hopkins School Of Medicine Honors Couric
UPI, Nov 18, 2013, 8:07 AM EST
'Katie' Teetering On Verge Of Cancellation
Hollywood Reporter, Oct 10, 2013, 7:13 AM EDT
Soft ratings, a huge budget and "disdain" for her female audience — Q Scores report only 10% of women view Couric favorably — have the host's Disney/ABC talk show in jeopardy as a renewal decision nears. Link | Comments (8)
Couric, Walters Deny Paper's 'View' Report
The Wrap, Sep 13, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT
Katie Couric replacing Barbara Walters on The View? Not so fast, according to ABC. The New York Daily News reported that Couric may be the next member of the long-running daytime talk show. But a spokesperson for ABC said, “There is absolutely no truth to this rumor whatsoever, it’s completely erroneous.” And Couric herself tweeted: "It's totally not true and crazy how complete falsehoods get repeated." Link | Add comment
Katie Couric Engaged To John Molner
Associated Press, Sep 3, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
The ABC News special correspondent and talk show host accepted his proposal over Labor Day weekend. Full Story | Add comment
rumor mill
Couric Unhappy Over 'Gossipy' New Direction
New York Daily News, Jul 3, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT
A source say Katie Couric's syndicated daytime show will be "gossip-centric" in its second season, since a behind-the-scenes shakeup replaced executive producer Michael Morrison with The Tyra Banks Show executive producer Rachel Miskowiec. “If there is one thing Katie hates more than being called ‘perky,’ it's being called ‘tabloid,’ ” the source says. “She thinks of herself as a serious journalist, covering stories that make a difference. She’s fighting this." Link | Comments (2)
Katie Couric Bedeviled By Strange 911 Calls
Associated Press, Feb 14, 2013, 5:44 PM EST
Couric Gets First Te'o On-Camera Interview
Associated Press, Jan 21, 2013, 5:56 AM EST
The Notre Dame football star caught up in a dead girlfriend hoax, and his parents, will appear on Couric's syndicated talk show Thursday. ABC News announced the interview Sunday, but gave no details as to when it will take place and where. Full Story | Add comment
Zucker To Transition From 'Katie' To CNN
TVNewsCheck, Nov 29, 2012, 1:16 PM EST
"I’ll be [at Katie] for a few more weeks helping with the transition," he told reporters today when his appointment to the presidency of CNN was announced. "I’ll be leaving there by the middle of January.” Full Story | Add comment
ABC Slots Katie Couric Year-End Special
UPI, Nov 21, 2012, 7:32 AM EST
Shake-Ups, Ratings Woes For New Talkers
Hollywood Reporter, Oct 4, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT
Less than a month into the new season, Couric's middling ratings and topics have affiliates grumbling, Lake has a new executive producer, and a CBS exec's ouster is partly due to Probst's disappointing start. Link | Add comment
Report Card On The Newest Talk-Show Class
New York Post, Oct 3, 2012, 6:23 AM EDT
Newly minted talk show hosts Steve Harvey, Katie Couric, Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake have now had a month (give or take) to prove themselves in the daytime arena. So how have they fared? Link | Comments (1)
Katie Couric Reveals Battle With Bulimia
New York Post, Sep 24, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT
Couric Aims For Oprah Viewers In Her Own Way
Wall Street Journal (subscription only), Sep 6, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT
Katie's New Talk Show Digs A Little Deeper
USA Today, Sep 4, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT
Couric's new show is a hybrid. While most daytime shows can be pigeonholed to a specific genre — variety (Ellen), medical advice (Dr. Oz), topical chats (The View), relationships, confrontation (Jerry Springer), courtroom, games and soaps — hers combines social issues with celebrities, and serious topics with fluff. Link | Add comment
TCA Summer Press Tour
Couric Counts Down To Syndie Talk Launch
Associated Press, Jul 27, 2012, 6:02 AM EDT
ABC newswoman and TV personality Katie Couric tells reporters she's excited to be starting from scratch with her new program "that tackles some of the things that you think are important, that you think people want to know more about." She said she's asked presidential candidates President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, as well as Sarah Palin, to be guests on Katie. Full Story | Add comment
'Katie' Picks Up Promo Pace Prior To Debut
TVNewsCheck, Jul 24, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT
This latest :30 promo features award-winning journalist, best-selling author and television personality Katie Couric asking questions about the issues on the minds of her viewers and gives them a sense of the kinds of topics that will be featured on her new hour-long syndicated talk show that premieres Sept. 10. | Add comment
Katie Couric Launching Weekly Yahoo Series
TVNewsCheck, Apr 25, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT
Katie’s Take on Yahoo begins May 1 and will feature health, fitness, parenting and lifestyle information. Full Story | Add comment
TVNewsCheck Focus On Syndication
Couric Topping New Talkers In Ad Pricing
TVNewsCheck, Apr 4, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT
Syndication buyers and sellers are projecting ratings and costs for the new syndicated talk shows prior to this summer’s upfront ad market. They say Disney-ABC’s Katie is likely to command a CPM of $25-$28 in its core demographic, women 25-54. Jeff Probst, with the host of Survivor, is expected to be next at about $25, followed by Steve Harvey and Ricki Lake’s new venture at $18-$20. Full Story | Add comment
Couric To Co-Host 'Good Morning America'
New York Times, Mar 29, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT
It's a one-week role for the former co-host of Today, the main rival to GMA in morning television. Couric will be filling in for Robin Roberts, who has the week off. Link | Add comment
NATPE 2012
Katie Couric: Talk Show Is Job No. 1
TVNewsCheck, Jan 23, 2012, 5:08 PM EST
At NATPE, she and Jeff Zucker emphasize their desire to do everything that’s needed to promote their new syndicated talk show, including working with stations across the country. Full Story | Comments (1)
‘Katie’ Now Cleared In 93% Of The U.S.
TVNewsCheck, Jan 22, 2012, 8:58 PM EST
Disney-ABC Domestic Television’s one-hour, live early fringe syndicated talk show Katie has been sold in 95 of the top 100 markets in advance of this fall’s debut. Full Story | Add comment
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NATPE 2012: It's Still All About Oprah
TVNewsCheck, Jan 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EST
Oprah is long gone — she taped her last show for broadcast syndication eight months ago — but her presence (or absence) is still being felt throughout broadcasting and will pervade the NATPE conference next week in Miami Beach. She'll continue to be the measure by which every other talk show evaluates itself and the subject of countless conversations about her impact on broadcasting. Full Story | Comments (4)
NATPE 2012
Marinelli Sees 'Katie' As Can't-Miss Talker
TVNewsCheck, Jan 18, 2012, 7:14 AM EST
With Katie Couric, Disney-ABC Domestic Television has arguably the biggest name in the plethora of new talk shows set for debuts this fall in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s departure from syndication. "We are projecting profitability in year one," says Disney-ABC Domestic Television President Janice Marinelli. Her confidence stems from Couric herself. She credible and "relatable" and she's made a commitment to doing whatever it takes in production and promotion, she says. "How often do you get a talent of this caliber to enter the syndication marketplace?" Full Story | Comments (12)
TCA Press Tour
Sherwood: Couric To Be 'All Over The Place'
Los Angeles Times, Jan 10, 2012, 6:54 AM EST
ABC News isn't giving Katie Couric much time to relax before her syndicated talk show starts later this year. Ben Sherwood, the president of the network's news division, told reporters Monday that viewers will see a lot of Couric before the September launch of her daytime chat fest. Link | Add comment
TVNewsCheck Focus On Syndication
Fuzzy Syndication Picture Coming Into Focus
TVNewsCheck, Nov 16, 2011, 7:51 AM EST
Syndicators and stations got some answers to the many questions hanging over them for next season lineups. CBS Television Distribution’s Jeff Probst (left) was picked up by the NBC Owned Television Stations. Twentieth Television’s Ricki with Ricki Lake was grabbed by Tribune Broadcasting in New York and seven other markets while Warner Bros.’s Anderson with Anderson Cooper secured key second-season renewals. Still looking for a home is Warner Bros.’s Bethenny Frankel. Full Story | Add comment
Lady Gaga, Katie Couric In Thanksgiving Special
TV Guide, Nov 4, 2011, 7:26 AM EDT
TVNewsCheck Focus on Syndication
'Katie' A Go As Clearances Top 60% Of U.S.
TVNewsCheck, Oct 24, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT
Stiff weekly license fees, Couric's subpar showing on CBS and some other issues have made the new talker from Disney-ABC a challenging sale, say some broadcasters. But deals with Hearst, Cox, Scripps and others put the show in 20 of the top 25 markets and in good shape for a syndication debut next fall. They also boost it way out ahead of other talk shows vying for pickup for next season. Full Story | Add comment
Couric’s ABC Talker Gets a Name: ‘Katie’
TVNewser, Aug 22, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT
Former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric has settled on a name for her upcoming ABC talk show, two people familiar with the decision tell TVNewser. The program will be called simply Katie, when it debuts in fall 2012. Link | Comments (1)
Katie Couric Brings Several CBS Staffers To ABC
TVNewser, Aug 4, 2011, 7:33 AM EDT
TCA Summer Press Tour
Fager: CBS Lost Viewers In Couric Years
The Wrap, Aug 3, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT
CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager said today that he hopes viewers who tuned out from the CBS Evening News during the Katie Couric years are being lured back by Scott Pelley. Link | Comments (1)
Katie Couric To Co-Host ABC's 'The View' On Aug. 3
Associated Press, Jul 21, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT
TVNewsCheck Focus on Syndication
Up For Grabs: Syndies Scramble Toward 2012
TVNewsCheck, Jul 6, 2011, 7:38 AM EDT
Disney-ABC’s talker with Katie Couric has grabbed the headlines in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s departure from afternoon syndicated lineups. But she’s far from alone in the race for station slots starting in fall 2012. As things now stand, Couric could be battling against talk shows featuring a defrocked priest (from Debmar-Mercury), one of those Real Housewives (from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution), the host of Survivor (from CBS Television Distribution) and the now-42 year-old Ricki Lake on a comeback bid (from Twentieth Television).. Full Story | Add comment
tvnewscheck Focus on syndication
Timing Not Best For Couric’s Syndie Debut
TVNewsCheck, Jun 16, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT
While the former CBS Evening News anchor has one of the highest profiles on TV, observers say there are number of roadblocks, including the fact that broadcasting isn’t what it used to be, even a few years ago. The size of the broadcast daytime audience is smaller than in Winfrey’s prime, whittled away by scores of cable channels.   Full Story | Comments (7)
TV In Transition As Familiar Faces Move On
New York Times, Jun 8, 2011, 6:29 AM EDT
The departure of a large class of prominent television personalities is creating upheaval on the small screen and in broadcasting boardrooms. Link | Add comment
Stations See Tough Row To Hoe For Couric
B&C, Jun 6, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT
A straw poll of station general managers, consultants and other local TV insider finds some who say that while the former CBS anchor faces a difficult road to success, not to underestimate Katie Couric's wattage. Link | Add comment
it's official
Disney/ABC Bringing Couric To Syndication
TVNewsCheck, Jun 6, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT
Katie Couric will host and produce a syndicated national one-hour daily daytime show premiering in September 2012. It will air at 3 p.m. on the eight ABC O&Os, which account for 23% U.S. household coverage. In addition, she will also join the ABC News team. Full Story | Comments (16)
ABC To Announce Couric Syndie Deal Today
New York Times, Jun 6, 2011, 6:16 AM EDT
Katie Couric is set to announce today that she will sign with ABC for a syndicated talk show. The details of Couric’s impending deal with ABC have not been disclosed, but as co-owner of the show she will claim a share of the profits. Link | Add comment
Couric ABC Move Said Likely On Monday
The Wrap, Jun 3, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT
Katie Couric could announce as early as Monday a move to ABC that would include a syndicated daytime talk show and contributions to ABC News, a person familiar with the negotiations says. Though the deal is not complete, it is close, and should be announced at some point next week if not Monday. Link | Add comment
Behind The Scenes Of Couric's ABC Deal
The Daily Beast, May 26, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT
When Katie Couric started looking for a new job, ABC was put ABC on the back burner because its executives were offering her a daytime talk show that would be owned by the network and air only on its stations. But in mid-March, under the direction of Disney CEO Robert Iger, ABC switched gears. The company pitched a syndicated package that catapulted it into contention. Under the multi-year proposal now on the table, Couric would have almost total ownership of the venture — giving her the potential to make far more than her $15 million-a-year anchor salary. Link | Add comment
Katie Couric Ends Her Run At CBS News
Associated Press, May 20, 2011, 5:53 AM EDT
The first woman chosen to solely anchor a network evening newscast left on a high note Thursday evening, interviewing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and leading the broadcast with an exclusive 60 Minutes investigation on new doping accusations against cyclist Lance Armstrong. Full Story | Comments (1)
rumor mill
Get Ready For Katie Vs. 'Today'
New York Post, May 17, 2011, 6:29 AM EDT
Today co-hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry could soon find themselves at war for morning ratings against their former colleague, Katie Couric, when she lands at ABC.As part of a deal being negotiated between Couric and ABC for a daytime syndicated talk show, she'll also be making "strategic guest appearances" on Good Morning America that will put her in a direct rivalry with Lauer, sources say. Link | Comments (1)
Katie Couric To Leave CBS News May 19
Hollywood Reporter, May 14, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT
Katie Couric's last night on the CBS Evening News will be May 19. She made the announcement on Friday's broadcast. Substitute anchors are likely to rotate in the chair until Scott Pelley takes over as the permanent anchor on June 6. Link | Comments (1)
Lauer On Joining Couric: 'It's Not Going To Happen'
Deadline.com, May 10, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT
After Oprah, Daytime May Not Be The Same
Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2011, 6:42 AM EDT
It may be impossible for even a Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper to duplicate Winfrey's success as the audience shrinks in a new media age. It could be years before any of the claimants emerge as Winfrey's rightful heir — if at all. Link | Comments (6)
Couric On The Verge Of $20 Million ABC Deal
TMZ, May 6, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT
Katie Couric and ABC are on the verge of signing a $20 million deal, which would give Couric her own talk show, as well as significant involvement in ABC News — and the big casualty could be General Hospital. Link | Comments (5)
Is Couric ABC-Bound Or Is CBS Bluffing?
Deadline.com, May 5, 2011, 6:17 AM EDT
After possible suitors had been whittled to two — CBS and ABC — CBS TV Distribution pulled its offer for a syndicated daytime talk show with her over a week ago, before Couric officially announced her exit from CBS Evening News last Tuesday. Meanwhile, talks between Couric and ABC, which was the last major player to enter the fray, are ongoing as ABC is finalizing its offer. Link | Comments (1)
Couric: 'I Am Leaving CBS Evening News'
People, Apr 26, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT
After weeks of widespread speculation about her future, Katie Couric is finally ready to go on the record. "I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News," Couric told People Tuesday. Link | Comments (4)
Couric Set To Relinquish CBS Anchor Job
New York Times, Apr 25, 2011, 6:34 AM EDT
Acknowledging what everybody already knows, Katie Couric wiil announce this week that she will not be renewing her five-year contract to anchor the CBS Evening News. In line to replace her is Scott Pelley, a correspondent on 60 Minutes.CBS executives are interviewing candidates to be the executive producer of Mr. Pelley’s newscast, two of the people with knowledge of the plan said. Link | Comments (2)
Matt Lauer Interviews Katie Couric On 'Today'
Associated Press, Apr 13, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT
The CBS Evening News anchor is currently on a tour touting her new book, and she didn't give her former colleague any info on her plans once her contract with CBS expires in June. Full Story | Add comment
Katie Couric To Tackle Feature Documentary
Deadline.com, Apr 12, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT
Couric Explores Show With Lauer
Wall Street Journal, Apr 11, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT
Katie Couric and her former Today co-host Matt Lauer have discussed teaming up in a new daytime talk show, although it is unclear whether those discussions will progress, according to a person familiar with the matter. Link | Add comment
Couric’s Path To A Likely Parting With CBS
New York Times, Apr 11, 2011, 6:54 AM EDT
As Katie Couric and the network negotiate how to end her five-year run as anchor of  the CBS Evening News, interviews show that her hiring was part of a larger experiment to lift the newscast’s ratings. Link | Add comment
Couric to Lead CBS's Royal Wedding Coverage
Hollywood Reporter, Apr 5, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT
Amid Rumors, Katie Couric Heads To Iraq
New York Times, Apr 5, 2011, 6:20 AM EDT
As reports continue to swirl about an impending departure from her anchor position at CBS News, Katie Couric is to embark this morning on a long-planned trip to Iraq, where she will report on the military and political situation eight years after Baghdad fell to invading American forces. Link | Add comment
CBS Source: Couric To Leave Anchor Post
Associated Press, Apr 4, 2011, 6:48 AM EDT
A CBS executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Katie Couric has not officially announced her plans, says the 54-year-old CBS Evening News anchor is expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012 and several companies are vying for her services. Full Story | Comments (5)
CBS Front Runner To Land Couric Talker
B&C, Mar 30, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT
CBS Television Distribution has emerged as the front-runner to distribute Katie Couric's daytime talk show starting in fall 2012. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves fully backs the effort to keep Couric in-house, report several sources, and is very involved in the talks. Link | Add comment
Sources: CBS Offers Couric '60 Minutes' Post
New York Post, Mar 28, 2011, 6:26 AM EDT
Katie Couric may finally get the chance to become a regular on 60 Minutes, now that she is apparently stepping down from the nightly news anchor job. An offer to become a regular correspondent for the prestigious Sunday night TV magazine is part of the package being offered Couric — if she'll stay and do a projected daytime talk show for CBS, according to several network insiders. Link | Add comment
Katie Couric Considering Daytime Options
TVNewsCheck, Mar 22, 2011, 8:38 AM EDT
With her CBS Evening News contract about to expire, the news anchor considers her options at three different companies, conceivably playing roles within both syndication and news units. Full Story | Comments (2)
Couric Talker Looking Likely For 2012
B&C, Mar 14, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT
Former NBCU Distribution head Ed Wilson is advising CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric and sources close to the anchor say she's become more serious about launching a multi-platform production company and syndicated talk show. Link | Comments (2)
Katie Couric Pursuing Syndicated Talk Show
Hollywood Reporter, Mar 10, 2011, 6:04 AM EST
With Katie Couric's contract set to expire in early June, the CBS News anchor has entered the window in which she can entertain offers. While no decision regarding her future has been made, the anchor is working on a potential syndicated show, which could involve her friend and former NBC boss Jeff Zucker, according to two sources familiar with Couric's plans. She is believed to have already begun conversations with Time Warner, NBCUniversal and her current employer, CBS, about the potential next act. Link | Comments (8)
NBC Wins Feb. News Race, ABC Grows
Mediaite, Mar 9, 2011, 6:16 AM EST
he February finishing order for the network evening newscasts didn’t look much different, with Brian Williams‘ NBC Nightly News taking top honors, followed by Diane Sawyer’s ABC World News and Katie Couric’s CBS Evening News finishing last. But ABC was the only network to show growth (it was up 1%). Link | Comments (1)
Couric Edits Book To Raise Money For Scholarships
New York Times, Feb 24, 2011, 6:25 AM EST
Decision Time Once Again for Katie Couric
Associated Press, Feb 15, 2011, 3:19 PM EST
Last week Jeff Fager, the behind-the-scenes boss of 60 Minutes, was appointed CBS News chairman with Bloomberg's David Rhodes his right-hand man. Their first major issue is likely to be whether Katie Couric remains as the network's top anchor after her current contract expires at the end of May. Full Story | Comments (2)
CBS, Couric Contract Talks Draw Near
Wall Street Journal, Feb 14, 2011, 6:33 AM EST
Both CBS and Katie Couric appear open to a new deal that would keep her at the network's news division beyond her current five-year deal as anchor of  the CBS Evening News, which expires at the end of May. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read the story here. | Comments (1)
CBS Wants Contract Extension For Couric
The Daily Beast, Feb 9, 2011, 8:23 AM EST
The network, which is shaking up its management, has asked anchor Katie Couric to stay on through the 2012 elections — for significantly less money than her original $15 million deal. Link | Add comment
Anchors Leave Egypt Amid Crackdown
New York Times, Feb 4, 2011, 6:32 AM EST
Two of the most prominent television news anchors covering the protests in Egypt this week, Brian Williams and Katie Couric, have exited the country. The anchors’ departures came on a day of increasing violence and intimidation directed at journalists in Egypt. Link | Add comment
Rumor Mill: Zucker-Couric Syndie Scheme
New York Post, Jan 28, 2011, 6:29 AM EST
Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker, expected to set up shop Monday on Park Avenue, is already lining up his next gig — he's talking about starting a syndicated talk show featuring CBS News anchor Katie Couric, according to three separate sources. Word of a possible Zucker-Couric venture comes as the 54-year-old anchor nears the end of her five-year contract that will pay her $15 million this year. Link | Comments (1)
CBS-Couric Talks: Lower Pay, Broader Role
Bloomberg, Dec 20, 2010, 2:47 PM EST
CBS Corp. began talks on a new contract for Katie Couric, looking to cut the evening news anchor's $15 million salary and possibly expand her role amid falling viewership, people with knowledge of the situation said. Link | Add comment
Syndicators Want Couric For Talk Show
B&C, Dec 15, 2010, 4:04 PM EST
As Katie Couric's contract with CBS News nears its end, she's expected to stay with the network, but multiple syndicators are approaching her about daytime possibilities. Link | Comments (1)
Katie Couric Signs On For 'Glee' Cameo
New York Post, Dec 2, 2010, 3:25 PM EST
'Glee' Courting Couric For Super Bowl Episode
Deadline.com, Nov 24, 2010, 6:33 AM EST
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  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

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  • Kevin Fallon

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  • Neil Genzlinger

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