Newsday’s “TV Zone” believes that Katie Couric may land on her feet after bailing from CBS, and replace Larry King when King finally goes off into the sunset after hosting his talk show since about 30 seconds after Philo T. Farnsworth invented the medium in 1927. Replacing King would actually be a good move for Katie, I think, since cheerfully chatting it up with guests suits her talents and perky demeanor much more than hosting the evening news and the institutional gravitas that the latter gig (and its ever-shrinking elderly audience) demands.
And speaking of which, Troy Patterson, Slate’s in-house TV critic, suggests that euthanasia is the Rather logical conclusion to the CBS news division, post-Katie:
I propose that it is time for CBS News to be put down, in the Old Yeller sense of the phrase. It’s time to turn out the lights and just start airing Hollywood gossip at 6:30 p.m. The network could follow Schieffer’s lead and simply dissolve the thing after the inauguration, maybe keeping 60 Minutes around, either as a commercial-free public service program (because what exec doesn’t love a prestige-hogging loss leader?) or under the auspices of CBS’ entertainment division (because why keep pretending?). The farewell would be handled with dignified pomp