August 29, 2012 5:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
From Katie Couric to Ricki Lake: A Guide to Daytime's New (but Familiar) Faces
Daytime TV will feature five new -- but familiar -- faces starting next month.
Jeff Probst, Katie Couric, Ricki Lake, Steve Harvey and Trisha Goddard are launching new talk shows in September, joining the likes of daytime veterans Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Phil McGraw, Maury Povich, Jerry Springer and others.
To help viewers keep track of the new offerings, and differentiate among them, we've compiled a guide to all five of the talkers.
Debuts: Sept. 10 (Disney-ABC Domestic Television)
Credentials: Couric is no stranger to daytime viewers, having co-anchored NBC's Today for 15 years. Last year, The Wall Street Journal called Couric one of the "most successful anchors ever" at the morning program. In September 2006, she became the first female solo anchor of an evening news broadcast when she began a five-year stint at CBS Evening News. Couric also is the best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.
What viewers can expect: The timely and topical show will blend information, stories of the day and entertainment, including interviews with newsmakers, celebrities and everyday people with unique stories. Topics will range from parenting to pop culture, aging to activism and sex to celebrity, with segments focusing on the worlds of family, fashion, entertainment and technology. Recurring pieces will include "Women Who Should Be Famous" and bucket list-themed "You Only Live Once."
Fun fact: Sheryl Crow composed and performed the show's theme song, titled "This Day."
The Ricki Lake Show
Debuts: Sept. 10 (Twentieth Television)
Credentials: Like Couric, Lake is a daytime TV veteran: She hosted her own talker from 1993-2004, earning her a Daytime Emmy nom. She also has become a voice for mothers and a figure in the birthing community, contributing to outlets like Momformation; co-writing Your Best Birth, a book about childbirth, and launching a companion website; and executive producing The Business of Being Born, a documentary about natural childbirth. Her memoir, Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits, details her weight struggles and her account of being molested at age 7. She also is tackling childhood obesity through her book Too Small to Be Big and website AllStride.com.
What viewers can expect: Lake, who is being touted as "America's girlfriend," will cover topics of interest to the modern woman with her "fresh, fun and interesting" approach. "This is a new Ricki, reflecting where she and her audience are now in their lives," according to Twentieth. Topics will include parenting, weight loss, health, beauty, career, losing love and finding it again.
Fun fact: Lake has appeared in five John Waters films including 1988's Hairspray, which marked her big-screen debut.
The Jeff Probst Show
Debuts: Sept. 10 (CBS Television Distribution)
Credentials: Probst has won five Primetime Emmys as the host/executive producer of CBS' long-running reality series Survivor, which begins its 25th cycle next month. He also has served as guest co-host on Live! With Kelly and a guest host on Larry King Live. Additionally, Probst hosts the Howard Stern Celebrity Fan Roundtable on SiriusXM Radio and was host of VH1's Rock & Roll Jeopardy! from 1998-2001.
What viewers can expect: Probst aims to make his show informative, inspiring and fun, using his "honest, engaging style and incisive interview skills" as he explores hot topics, relationships, family dynamics, celebrities, newsmakers, families and individuals facing challenges and overcoming obstacles.
Fun fact: Probst is an ordained minister and has served as the officiant at the weddings of several friends.
Debuts: Sept. 4 (NBCUniversal Domestic TV)
Credentials: Harvey has hosted his own radio show since 2000 and signed on as host of Family Feud in 2010. He also landed two best-sellers aimed at helping women with their relationships: 2009's Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (later adapted into a movie starring Taraji P. Hensen and Kevin Hart) and 2010's Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man.
What viewers can expect: Harvey aims to help real people with real issues with his "funny, fresh, insightful and common-sense approach." Topics will include marriage, dating, finance, parenting, workplace issues and friendship.
Fun fact: As a young boy, Harvey dreamed of performing, using his toothbrush as a microphone to practice being a comedian while his dad shaved in front of the mirror. Before embarking a stand-up career, he worked as a paperboy, grocery story clerk, Ford employee and insurance salesman. He also owned a carpet cleaning business.
Debuts: Sept. 17 (NBCUniversal Domestic TV)
Credentials: The TV presenter -- who was raised and educated in Tanzania, East Africa and Surrey, England -- has been a guest conflict-resolution expert on Maury for several seasons and also has served as guest host several times. Goddard, who was Australian TV's first African-American anchorwoman, hosted a primetime show Down Under and later headlined two talk shows in Great Britain. Goddard also can relate to everyday life struggles: Her autobiography, As I Am, centers on her personal trials and tribulations, including her breast cancer diagnosis in 2008. She has been cancer-free for four years.
What viewers can expect: Goddard aims to help everyday people and their families struggling with tough issues. The show will cover topics of importance to women with what's being called "straight talk with a no-excuses mentality."
Fun fact: Goddard has a dog named Alf.