Katie Couric made a triumphant return to daytime television last week pulling the top ratings for all freshman talk-shows, beating out Ricki Lake, Jeff Probst and Steve Harvey. Moving into her second and third week, Katie Couric’s guest list combines interviews centered around high-profile news stories (the Yeardley Love murder), hot topics for parents like sports concussions and food addictions, and the draw of celebrity power with interviews scheduled with Barbra Streisand and Demi Lovato.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19 —Hair – When to go gray
Hair! It’s a billion dollar business and one of the nation’s most secret obsessions. From when to go gray to the natural hair movement, Katie spends the hour on all things hair. Talk show personality Wendy Williams stops by with her famous wig collection, plus Katie tries hair extensions and going gray herself in front of her studio audience.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20 – Yeardley Love’s family/dating violence
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. The conversation will be the centerpiece of a program exploring the epidemic of dating violence.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 — Concussions/How to Protect Our Kids & Food Addiction
With concussions on the rise, Katie explores the world of kids and contact sports, as our experts answer questions every parent should be asking about how to protect their children on the playing field. She sits down with neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Cantu, a leading expert on concussions and author of Concussions and Our Kids, and a woman whose son died after suffering a series of concussions. Later in the hour, Katie’s guest will be Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, who will explain why food addiction is a very real problem, as well as help one “Katie” viewer get on the road to recovery.
MONDAY, SEPT. 24 – Barbra Streisand
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.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 25 – Demi Lovato
Singer and actress Demi Lovato, who began her new role as a judge on X Factor the same week as Katie’s premiere, will discuss the emotional battle with anorexia and bulimia that nearly ruined her career. Later, Katie will tackle the broader issue of eating disorders and the growing trend in older women.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26 – Sofia Vergara
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara talks about her the long road to her “overnight” success. Plus, is breastfeeding OK in class? American University professor and single mother Adrienne Pine joins Katie to discuss the controversy she accidentally created recently when she fed her sick toddler while teaching.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 – Radio Show Host Delilah
The most listened to woman on radio, Delilah consoles 8 million listeners a week with her spot-on advice and favorite “sappy love songs.” In an exclusive interview, Katie gets to know the woman behind the microphone as Delilah shares her love of life despite the many hardships she has faced, including the loss of one of her 12 children this past year.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 – 1015
Katie sits down with comedian, author and late night talk show host Chelsea Handler.