Weekly Lineup Revealed for 'Katie'

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August 28th, 2012

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All Month, “Katie” Celebrates Women Who Are Reinventing Themselves
Plus, A Rare Television Appearance by Barbra Streisand

Sheryl Crow, Chelsea Handler, E L James, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Simpson, Sofia Vergara and Wendy Williams

All Join Katie in First Three Weeks

And Exclusive Newsmaking Interviews with 24-Year-Old Aimee Copeland On Her “New Beginning”; Amanda Knox's Former Boyfriend; and Sharon and Lexie Love, Who Break Their Silence

on The Murder of UVA Lacrosse Player Yeardley Love

New York, August 28, 2012 -- Katie Couric returns to daily television with the premiere of her new, nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie,” on Monday, September 10th. The one-hour program, in front of a live studio audience in New York, has been cleared on leading broadcast television stations in more than 96% of the country (check local listings, www.katiecouric.com).
The longtime co-anchor of NBC's “Today” and anchor of the “CBS Evening News” will mark her “new beginning” by featuring conversations with women who are also marking similar transitions in their lives.

On Monday, September 10th, the premiere episode of “Katie” will be packed with surprises. In addition, Katie will be joined by Platinum recording artist, TV personality and fashion designer Jessica Simpson, who will reveal what life has been like after having her first child this past May. For the first time, she'll discuss some of her most intense challenges, including losing the weight she put on during her pregnancy, the journey to get back into shape, the nasty rumors that have surrounded all of that, and how she's learned to juggle motherhood and her billion dollar business empire. Also on the premiere episode: nine-time Grammy-winning artist Sheryl Crow, who is 50, and like Katie, a single mom and embarking on an exciting new phase of her own career. Crow, who has written and performed the theme song for "Katie," entitled "This Day," will also talk, for the first time, about her recently diagnosed brain tumor.


On Tuesday, September 11th, Katie has an exclusive interview with 24-year-old Aimee Copeland, a Georgia graduate student who this summer lost parts of all her limbs to a rare flesh-eating bacteria. Still facing a rigorous recovery process and learning to use her prosthetics, Aimee defies all odds and walks, for the first time, onto Katie's stage, demonstrating extraordinary strength and courage. Aimee shares her story of survival, how she encouraged those closest to her during this trying period and discusses her new life.


Also in the weeks ahead, the incomparable Barbra Streisand will make a rare television appearance to discuss her passion -- women and heart disease -- as well as her return to Brooklyn for her first performance there in more than 50 years. Katie will also be joined by Jennifer Lopez, who will talk about her own “new beginnings,” including life after “American Idol,” life after divorce, and her stunning career reincarnation that has landed her at the top of the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.  And Katie will also explore the theme of “new beginnings” with Heidi Klum, the host of “Project Runway,” actress Susan Sarandon, late night talk show host and author Chelsea Handler, and Sofia Vergara, the dynamic and always charismatic star of “Modern Family,” who will come by on the day her prime time program returns for the fall season.


Important topics, newsmakers and fun will also be front and center in September. Author E L James will visit Katie for her first extended conversation since the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy passed the milestone of 25 million books sold, and became the biggest cultural phenomenon of 2012.  Singer and actress Demi Lovato, who begins her new role as a judge on “X Factor” the same week as Katie’s premiere, will discuss the anorexia and bulimia that nearly ruined her career, and Katie will tackle the broader issue of eating disorders. Sharon and Lexie Love, whose daughter and sister, Yeardley, was murdered two years ago by her ex-boyfriend at the University of Virginia, will break their silence in an exclusive interview with Katie. That conversation will be the centerpiece of a program exploring the epidemic of dating violence. Katie will introduce viewers to a new face and new voice, research professor and motivational speaker Brené Brown, whose new book, Daring Greatly, inspired Katie as she embarked on a daring new adventure of her own -- launching this program. Brené will give the audience the tools needed to live a more fulfilling life. Raffaele Sollecito, who was Amanda Knox's boyfriend, talks for the first time on American television about the murder case that made international headlines, life after his ordeal in an Italian prison and his reunion with Amanda. And talk show personality Wendy Williams will join Katie to talk about one of the nation's most secret obsessions: HAIR! Wendy will reveal why she wears wigs and Katie will show off a brand new 'do!

"Katie" will reach viewers beyond the television screen. The show will include invited bloggers in the studio audience every day; they'll be blogging about the show as it airs. Social media will play a prominent role in the program, with viewers invited to interact with Katie via Facebook (Facebook.com/KatieShow), Twitter (@katiecouric) and on her website (www.katiecouric.com), so they can be included in the daily conversation.

“Katie” is executive produced by Katie Couric and Jeff Zucker and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Co-executive producers are Kathy Samuels and Michael Bass and the program is directed by Joseph Terry.

  • Sam

    Interesting…wondering if more people where I live will be watching her or Ricki, who’ll be airing at the same time.

  • Rob R

    I am a Katie Couric fan, but I am intensely disappointed and shocked, actually, that her debut guest is Jessica Simpson! I mean, seriously, a tabloid celebrity who is famous for being famous (meaning, famous for being attractive but having a weight problem at the same time). This is the next career step of the former anchorwoman of the CBS Evening News?????

  • SG

    Streisand? Wow!

  • RJ

    Actually a solid lineup.

  • PHIL

    @Rob r Jessica Simpson is a great choice. Her fashion line is worth over a billion dollars and she is being paid to lose weight. Are you being paid to work out? We all know the answer to that.

  • HT

    This woman has balls, I’ll give her that – she was saying last week how constricting the evening news had been – with a paycheck of $15m per year and and dwindling viewers week after week, it’s hardly likely it was her decision leave. I give this show 2 or 3 seasons before she chooses to “spread her wings”. She’s a has-been. There is a reason she and Matt Lauer existed in harmony for so many years on that Today Show couch – birds of a feather flock together…..

  • TimsDale4ever

    Fail, fail, fail, fail……..

  • Charlie Sheen

    Streisand and Sheryl Crow are the only interesting guests but this show is going to fail pretty badly.

    I can’t believed they moved Inside Edition and Jeopardy in a few markets just to make room for this trainwreck.

  • MBmomof3

    Not a fan, won’t watch, but this is a pretty diverse, interesting group of guests. Darn it.

    Not a fan of Jessica Simpson either, but she is laughing all the way to the bank! I am a fan of her shoe line.

  • bob

    Katie really is only good at morning shows. She was perfect on the Today’s show but she had to get greedy and destroy an evening show. Luckily they got rid of her on CBS evening news and the show was able to recover. This show is going to fail.

  • buy Vince Camuto

    MBmomof3…just buy Vince Camuto shoes. He’s the real designer of the Jessica Simpson line. If you are a fan of the Jessica Simpson line, you are really a fan of Vince Camuto, so just by his shoe line instead. Since you don’t like Jessica, don’t support her by buying shoes with her name on them.;)

  • Jessica “Phil” Simpson

    @phil The Jessica Simpson line is not worth a billion dollars. According to the Camuto Group, a privately held company that designs, develops,produces,and distributes the Jessica Simpson line , it had a billion dollar in sales.

    That doesn’t mean it profited that or that it was profitable at all. I bet your real name is Jessica Simpson, “Phil”, since you seem to think getting paid to diet is something to brag about. Sorry Jessica or Phil, not only are you are the punchline to the nation’s dumb joke, you are the punchline to the nation’s fat joke.

    Poor Katie Couric. If Jessica Simpson is the best she can do, she has fallen on very hard times.

  • buffnbeefy

    Anything will be better than “anderson morbid” which Katie bumps in dozens of markets.

    The November sweeps should be interesting as well. Bryan Gumbel should be a guest. Maybe can swing other elusive stars and public figures as well.

  • Lucy

    Won’t be watching Katie Couric. She was awful on CBS. Her time has come and gone. Retire and enjoy life.

  • Carolyn Romaker

    We don’t need another talk show…..there are enough already…most of your soap viewers will be passing this
    show up….we all miss our soaps and all you want to do is feed us cheap food show and talk shows to save money.
    At least Dallas is showing you by the ratings that we love soaps prime time & day time. The only thing i watch on
    day time for channel 7 is Kelly & Michael and General Hospital…..the rest of the day i watch reruns of NCIS on
    USA or TNT crime shows. Hope she’s off in less than 6 months.

  • chunkymonkey

    Jessica Simpson worth $1 Billion is laughable. At best she lends her name and image and gets paid for only that. When have you ever seen her photographed in a business meeting or doing ANY form of work?

  • chunkymonkey

    She’ll follow in the footsteps of her predecessor..Jane Pauly!

  • Mary Howard

    Today is red dress day. I enjoyed the show a lot and I’m gonna enter the contest to be one of the 500 who gets a red dress. I need it to give to my neighbor who is suffering with anxiety. How do I enter?!

  • Terry Bianco

    I’ve gotta tell you i’ve watch Katie acouple of times and this show is boring. I hope it gets better.

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