Katie Couric talks to LeAnn Rimes, in her first interview since spending a month in voluntary rehabilitation, followed by an emotional interview with the parents of Ronan Thompson (the boy Taylor Swift based her Stand Up to Cancer performance around). Plus, she sits down with Taylor Swift, Rod Stewart and others in this week’s lineup for Katie — Tuesday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 26.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 — Rod Stewart and his new memoir, Rachel Maddow and Nicolle Wallace recapping the debates
Katie interviews legendary rocker and father of eight, Rod Stewart. His new memoir covers five decades of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, and he sits down with Katie for his first U.S. television interview about his new tell-all. Then, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and ABC News’ Nicolle Wallace recap the debates.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 – Revenge‘s Madeleine Stowe, Reinventing Your Life
Katie looks at the secrets for reinventing your life. Whether it’s a job you’ve been too afraid to pursue, or a dream you’ve yet to realize, Katie tackles when it’s time to follow your passion, and what the steps are to taking that leap. Actress Madeleine Stowe who took time off from acting to raise her family in Texas, and is now enjoying a new phase of her career as the woman everyone loves to hate on ABC’s hit series Revenge, is just one of the inspiring women embracing new possibilities.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 – LeAnn Rimes in her first interview since rehab, the parents of Ronan Thompson, Will.i.am
In her first interview since spending a month in a voluntary rehabilitation program, LeAnn Rimes talks to Katie about starting over at 30. She talks about the difficulties of being a child star, her divorce, how she deals with eating disorder and addiction rumors, and how her new album represents a new beginning for her. Katie Couric’s complete interview with Rimes will air in a special edition of 20/20, All Access Nashville, airing Friday on ABC (9pm). Ronan Thompson, passed away in May 2011, just three days before his fourth birthday, from neuroblastoma. Then, Ronan’s story got worldwide attention when 6-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift performed a song she had personally written for him on the Stand Up To Cancer telethon this past September. Katie is brought to tears as she sits down with Ronan’s parents, Maya and Woody Thompson, to discuss their son and his inspirational story. Later on Katie, Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.i.am discusses going green and giving back to his community.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 – Taylor Swift & Surprise Opportunity of a Lifetime
Katie’s already spent time with country music star Taylor Swift at her home in Nashville. Today, Taylor visits Katie in-studio to talk about why she’s fascinated with love, never reads tabloids and how the incredible success she’s achieved at only 22 all began on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania. Taylor will perform her latest hit song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Katie grants the opportunity of a lifetime to one of Taylor’s biggest fans.