TMZ and others is reporting it may be for a talk show all ready to go into the 3pm time slot. We all know what that means. This isn't a done deal--it's not even inked yet and no one knows what the affiliates will be offered.
ABC would also give Katie a 1-hour, 5-day-a-week syndicated talk show, that would begin in September, 2012. Our sources say ... one option ABC is considering is giving its affiliates back the hour where "General Hospital" airs to make room for Katie. In other words, ABC would axe the third longest-running soap in history and the last one standing on ABC.
Nancy Lee Grahn joked on twitter, if true, she doesn't think Katie is "so cute now"...
I also want to point out that Oprah's 4pm time slot is a syndicated show--ergo, it doesn't always air at 4pm or on ABC in all markets. If this was given to ABC affiliates as an ABC show, they'd use an existing slot like GH's.