NBC executives are apparently looking to the past to fill a future position on "Today."

The New York Daily News reports that Katie Couric is being considered as a temporary substitute co-host for the "Today" show when Savannah Guthrie goes on maternity leave this year.

"It makes perfect sense," an NBC News staffer told the newspaper. "The viewers loved her and Matt Lauer together. This would be a chance to give them exactly what they want."

Guthrie, 42, is five months pregnant and expected to be away from the show for a few months beginning in late summer.

NBC officials told the Daily News that there have been no official talks with Couric's camp about the fill-in job and that another fan favorite, Meredith Vieira, has also been suggested as a possibility, along with current "internal talent."

"With the 'Today' show in a good place, we are blessed with great talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah's chair while she's on leave, but there's no plan yet," an NBC News spokeswoman said. "Stay tuned."

Couric, 57, left "Today" in 2006 to become anchor of the "CBS Evening News" and then joined ABC in 2011. Her deal with ABC reportedly ends this summer, so the timing would work out.

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