Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Competition for Barbara Walters?
It looks like ABC is letting Katie Couric into the Barbara Walters space with a year-end special

looking back at 2012. You can bet Ms. Walters is not happy about that.

In a news release from the network that sounds a lot like the typical issuance about a Barbara Walters

special, "from the highs and lows in Presidential politics to the major news events like Superstorm Sandy, the Aurora massacre and the resignation of General Petraeus, from the headline-making celebrity romantic breakups and shakeups to the Royal Jubilee and the scandals that rocked Buckingham Palace, 2012 has been an eventful year. Anchored by Katie Couric, ABC News and PEOPLE Magazine collaborate on an entertaining two-hour primetime broadcast special, with details on these and all the other big stories of the past year... the breakout heroes from the Olympics, the everyday heroes who inspired a nation, the public figures who fell from grace, and the icons who said goodbye after years of success."

On top of using awfully long sentences, ABC says Couric's reports will include interviews with newsmakers, celebrities and other guests who have a uniquely humorous take on the past year's top stories. I wonder what the humours take will be on the storm, the Aurora massacre and the fall of the CIA chief?

"The Year with Katie Couric," a Special Edition of "20/20," airs WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 (9:31-11:00 p.m., ET).

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