Katie Couric is excited about hosting her own syndicated talk show on ABC next year and paraphrases a famous quote from the film "Field of Dreams" by saying that she hopes that if she builds it, the viewers will come.
Disney and the ABC Television Group had earlier on Monday, June 6, announced the veteran newswoman's new show, which is set to air in September 2012 on weekdays at 3 p.m. on the company's television stations, including KABC Television, which owns OnTheRedCarpet.com.
"I think if you put on a quality show and you discuss things that people want to talk about and you make it compelling and accessible and relatable, I think, I hope if you build it, they will come, like they say in 'Fields of Dreams,'" Couric, 54, told OnTheRedCarpet.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of KABC Television in an exclusive video interview.
"I think, hopefully, there will be an appetite for smart conversation, for fun discussions, for all sorts of different things and that what I hope to bring to the table," Couric added.
In the 1989 "Field of Dreams," Kevin Costner plays an Iowa corn farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond in his fields. The movie also stars James Earl Jones.
Couric began her television news career as a news assistant at ABC News in Washington, D.C. in 1979.
"At the time I was Xeroxing, making coffee, fetching ham sandwiches ... changing the teletype machine, wearing little white gloves - I feel like I'm so ancient!" Couric told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a video interview on Monday. "It really is like going back to where my career began and it's so exciting."
Couric later went on to work for CNN and for NBC, later landing the job of co-host of the network's national daytime series the "Today" show in 1991. She left the program in 2006 and was made the new anchor of CBS' "Evening News," becoming the first woman to anchor a network television evening newscast by herself. She left her post on May 19.
As part of her new deal with ABC, Couric will also join the ABC News team, which also includes Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour. Couric has throughout her career interviewed high-profile personalities such as U.S. President Barack Obama and former U.S. leader George W. Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"I like to do hard-hitting, serious interviews with world leaders, if any of them might be available, and I also like talking to people like Betty White, who I interviewed recently for her new book," Couric told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Hopefully, it will reflect my wide-ranging interests and I'm really here to serve and do whatever I can to help whatever show may like to use me."
White, an 89-year-old actress and last living "Golden Girls" cast member, now stars in the TV Land sitcom "Hot In Cleveland" and recently finished her sixth book, "If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't)."
Meanwhile, Couric plans to take it easy.
"I am going to be taking some time off," she said. "My daughter is studying in Croatia this summer. She's in college and I'm going to visit her and travel a little bit myself because I haven't taken time off really in about 32 years since I graduated from college."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).