While both the network and reps for Couric have yet to confirm the news, a CBS bigwig tells the AP that the journalist has chosen not to renew her Evening News contract when it expires in June, and is currently in talks with, among others, ex-NBC exec Jeff Zucker to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012.
Couric confirmed rumors of maybe next tackling a daytime talk show in a Monday interview with the New York Times, saying, “[Zucker and I] talk a lot and, yes, we’ve been discussing the possibilities. That’s true.”
The 54-year-old became the first female to solely anchor a nightly network newscast back in 2006, but since its launch, Evening News has consistently struggled with low ratings.
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• Warner Bros. Animation debuted the kickass new ThunderCats trailer at WonderCon this weekend, and in case you weren’t lucky enough to attend the festivities, we’ve got the promo for you right here:
• Former NBC chairman Ben Silverman is reteaming with the Peacock to launch Fashion Star, a reality competition series hosted by supermodel Elle Macpherson. Not unlike Project Runway, Fashion Star will feature 12 unknowns competing for a multi-million dollar contract to create their own clothing line.
• Bravo has renewed the Andy Cohen-helmed late-night talk show Watch What Happens: Live for a fifth season. The series’ 100th episode airs Thursday, April 7, following the premiere of The Real Housewives of New York.
• Oxygen announced three new series in development: Lost Angels, which follows the life of Grease icon Oliva Newton John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi; My Post Grad Life, which details the transition period between graduating from college and joining the real world; and Maids of Drama, the tale of out of control bridemaids.
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