Scheduled for day before Philbin's last show
ABC hasn’t started touting one of its sweeps programs yet, but it’s an interesting one: Katie Couric will interview Regis Philbin on Nov. 17, the eve of his departure from “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” which Couric guest hosted with Kelly Ripa earlier this month.
The net is keeping mum about the special, saying that the date is tentative, but it would likely pull in plenty of Philbin fans and would mark both the end of an era, with Philbin leaving the franchise he helped to build, and one of Couric’s first on-air interviews since making the jump to ABC.
At this point, “Katie Couric With a Regis Philbin Biography” (title tentative, too, presumably) is skedded for 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 — a Thursday.
The former “Today” host recently interviewed Sarah Jessica Parker on “Nightline” ahead of her film “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” but has kept a low profile at the net since ankling CBS News for the Alphabet earlier this year. To the press, she’s said she’s “chomping at the bit to get going” on her upcoming ABC yakker “Katie,” set for next fall.