The guest list is materializing for Katie Couric’s new syndicated daytime show “Katie,” and early episodes of the talkfest will be focused on women in transition, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show, set to bow Sept. 10, will open with Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow. Other guests during the early days will include Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara, along with “50 Shades of Grey” author E L James and Aimee Copeland, a Georgia grad student who lost parts of her limbs to flesh-eating bacteria, the report notes.
“With a hefty price tag and sky-high expectations for her daytime effort, Couric is billing her guest list as a cadre of women — many of them household names — who are at a transitional point in their lives,” THR reports.
“In her bid to court daytime’s all-important female demo with relatable fare, Couric’s premiere episode will feature Simpson discussing such challenges as losing her baby weight, getting past nasty rumors and balancing a baby and a career, while Crow opens up about entering the next phases of her life and career as a 50-year-old single mother,” the report adds.
Other guests lined up for future episodes include Wendy Williams, Heidi Klum, Susan Sarandon and Chelsea Handler, the story notes.
The report adds: “Rather than make her show another stop on the celebrity promotional circuit, Couric is attempting to push the platform as a place to delve into the more substantial — at least for now. Along those lines, Crow is expected to address her recent brain tumor diagnosis on the show, while ‘The X Factor’s’ Demi Lovato will come on to discuss her past struggles with anorexia and bulimia. The show is expected to tackle one to three topics each day and is being pushed to affiliates a female-friendly option that is, as Couric has said, ‘smart with heart.’"