Just months after the conclusion of talk show “Oprah,” former “CBS Evening News” host Katie Couric will have a syndicated television program named after herself.
Art for the much-anticipated talk show “Katie” hit the Internet Monday with the lofty tagline, “The Opportunity Begins September 6th.”
“Katie,” premiering on ABC next month, is part of Couric’s network agreement that enables her to contribute interviews, participate in special events coverage, and anchor television specials, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ample details on “Katie” have yet to be released, but Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this summer that the program will be “topical” and “capture the zeitgeist of what people are talking about.”
This spring, news outlets spent weeks speculating that Couric would depart CBS when her contract expired in June. The Virginia native confirmed the rumors to People magazine in an April statement, saying: “I have decided to step down from the ‘CBS Evening News.’ I’m really proud of the talented team on the ‘CBS Evening News’ and the award-winning work we’ve been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I’ve done for ’60 Minutes’ and ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’ In making the decision to move on, I know the ‘Evening News’ will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future.” (MORE: Couric announces CBS exit)
Though Couric did not specify what she had lined up, the 54-year-old told People, “I am looking at a format that will allow me to engage in more multi-dimensional storytelling.”
The perennially “perky” Couric was the “CBS Evening” anchor from September 2006 to May 2011.