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Katie Couric set to launch daytime talk show. Will you watch?

Katie Couric, from news anchor to talk show host. (JASON REED/REUTERS)

Katie Couric is definitely a daytime talk show host.

ABC announced Monday that the network has signed Couric to a multi-year contract that will allow her to produce her own daytime talk show, which will air beginning in September 2012. According to the Associated Press, she’ll work for ABC News in the meantime as an occasional anchor of specials, interviewer and contributor to special-event coverage.

The official announcement ends the speculation about what Couric, 54, is going to do after her recently ended gig as anchor of “CBS Evening News.” But speculation will undoubtedly continue about whether the former “Today” show host can succeed in an already crowded daytime television marketplace.

Photos: Katie Couric’s time at CBS

In addition to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Oprah Winfrey Show”spinoffs such as “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Dr. Phil,” Couric will compete against new talk programs from Anderson Cooper, Brit Jeremy Kyle and Ricki Lake, not to mention an array of non-talk-show options on cable. And that doesn’t even take into consideration all those viewers who madly recorded enough Oprah episodes to tide over their daytimes for the next five years.

Will audiences flock to a Katie Couric daytime show? Will you? Vote in the poll below to weigh in.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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