*A Sept. 10 premiere date was announced today for “Katie,” the new syndicated talk show starring former “Today” and “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric.
Executive producer and showrunner Jeff Zucker also revealed today that 14-year “The Oprah Winfrey Show” helmer Joe Terry will direct the daytime show, which has been cleared in 94% of the country through Disney-ABC Domestic TV.
Kathy Samuels, who helped launch “Rachael Ray” among her many credits, will serve as co-executive producer.
“Katie” is one of several anticipated daytime launches this fall, along with shows featuring Steve Harvey, Ricki Lake, Jeff Probst and Trisha Goddard.
*One of Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated spawns is struggling in the ratings.
Her interior designer protégé Nate Berkus, who debuted a daily show last month, is earning about 1.2 million viewers a day — a distant No. 2, for example, to his New York competitor, HLN’s Nancy Grace, who gets about 2 million viewers a day, the New York Post reports.
Winfrey also launched the daytime shows of Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray and Dr. Oz. Each became the highest-rated new program of the year.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Lindsay Powers writes: “Possibly tripping Berkus up: his unfocused show spans topics ranging from celebrity interviews to household tips.”
Winfrey, meanwhile, is due to launch her OWN Network early next year.
*Oprah Winfrey’s go-to guy for interior design now has his own syndicated TV series.
“The Nate Berkus Show” is a go for a launch in the fall after it was cleared on the 10 NBC owned-and-operated stations, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The show, co-produced by Harpo Prods. and Sony Pictures TV, is a daily syndicated multi-segment series focusing on lifestyle, entertainment and personal transformation topics.
“The Nate Berkus Show” is the second series partnership between Harpo and Sony TV following “The Dr. Oz Show,” which had a successful launch in September. Harpo also launched talk shows for former Oprah regulars Dr. Phil and Rachel Ray.