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Katie Couric's New Talk Show Will Be 'Topical' But 'Not A News Show'

Now that Katie Couric has announced that she will be making ABC the home of her new syndicated talk show, the former CBS news anchor is providing some more details on what viewers can expect.

“We want it to be topical," explains Couric in an interview. "It's not a news show per se but we're going to talk about the news."

"If Osama bin Laden is killed, we'll talk about the training of the Navy SEALs. If there's a story about cyberbullying, we'll explain that in more detail. We want to range from serious stories to light stories and fun stories. It will reflect my interests, which hopefully will be the viewers' interests as well.”

"I think for people to have an opportunity to think about issues and to talk about them is important. We're talking about a wide variety of subjects; it could be anything. I watched a documentary the other night on HBO, which was so incredibly powerful. It was called How to Die in Oregon. It was all about this woman and her family was so amazing."

"I thought, ‘Gee, if I had a show, I would invite her husband and children, the documentarian and then someone who felt uncomfortable with the Oregon law, and have an intelligent conversation about something that people probably find difficult to talk about but probably need to talk about.' So that's a serious topic that I would try to tackle."

"Then there are a lot of less serious topic that I'm interested in like what is going on with all of these men who cant keep it in their pants? The situation with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn."

"What is it about the pathology, the neurology and the psychological makeup of a powerful man that makes them engage is such risky and thoughtless behavior?"

"It would be fun, interesting and engaging. So these are the kinds of things that I'm interested in that I think a lot of folks are talking about."

Couric says she chose ABC because of its strong lineup of affiliate stations and the chance to also work with ABC News.

"It just felt right. Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Obviously I love doing newsmaker interviews, and if I can contribute in any way to that, I would love to. I love reporting, getting out in the field and talking to people about various issues."

"I've reached out to everybody and all of the executive producers and had really nice conversations with all of them. They seem enthusiastic about me joining the team and that made me feel so good about my decision."

June 7, 2011 |

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