The Ticker: Katie Guests, Zahn Ratings, CNN Beirut

By Alex Weprin 

  • The first guests on Katie Couric’s upcoming talk show will be singers Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow. The first month of “Katie” will have a theme of “women reinventing themselves,” and the guests represent that theme. Other guests include Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon and 50 Shades of Grey author EL James.
  • Investigation Discovery’s “On The Case With Paula Zahn” may be in its sixth season, but it isn’t slowing down in the ratings. Sunday’s episode drew a series best 1.11 household rating, and 1.088 million viewers. it has already been green-lit for a seventh season to debut later this year.
  • CNN is adding to its Beirut bureau. Correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom and shooter/producer Raja Razek will be joining the bureau. “Given the daily demands of the news from the region, CNN will be even better poised to cover the stories that need to be told,” senior VP Parisa Khosravi wrote in a note to staff.