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Katie Couric To Interview Jessica Simpson, Demi Lovato, and Other On New Talk Show
Katie Couric is returning to television with the premiere of her new, nationally syndicated talk show aptly called, “Katie.” The show will premiere on Monday, September 10th and will feature several high profile celebrities.
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 the first episode, Katie will feature Jessica Simpson, the Platinum recording artist, TV personality and fashion designer. Simpson will be talking about what life has been like since giving birth to her first child last May. She will delve into some of her most intense challenges, including trying to lose weight, juggling motherhood and her business empire, as well as the rumors surrounding her health. Also featuring on this first episode will be music artist, Sheryl Crow. Crow will talk about being a single mother and her new 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.
Katie’s second episode, on September 11th, will feature 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.
Singer and actress Demi Lovato will be making an appearance as she 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.
In the weeks ahead, Katie will tons of stars as well. Viewers can expect to see Barbara Streisand who is set to 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. Jennifer Lopez will also make an appearance to talk about like after “American Idol.” 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.
“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, Twitter (@katiecouric) and on her website, so they can be included in the daily conversation.
The new talk show will be 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.
You can watch a promo for the first episode below: