Unless, of course, it doesn't. Between segments of the show, there’s a glitch: A jammed flat blocks the pod from being moved onstage.
Couric is unfazed.
‘‘This is a new show and we’re ironing out the kinks,’’ she reminds the studio audience with some amusement. ‘‘Apparently our pod ran into the wall. That is not a good thing. But we’re figuring it out. So please stand by.’’
Her message is greeted with laughter and applause as stagehands wrestle with the balky flat. A minute or two later, all is well, the pod is where it’s meant to be and taping resumes with no further mishaps.
‘‘Hair today, hopefully not gone tomorrow,’’ Couric jokes a while later at her sign-off of ‘‘one of the more fun shows we have planned.’’
The day before that show, a very different episode was taped. Its subject: eating disorders.
Experts are heard from. Sufferers tell their story. But despite the grave topic, Couric steers clear of the spectacle and melodrama other hosts might well insist on.
Why the restraint?
‘‘I don’t think that people necessarily want maudlin, over-the-top-emotions-on-steroids,’’ says Couric. ‘‘I think what they want is an honest and open conversation, and hopefully a useful one, too.’’
No air-date for that show has been announced.
But on Monday’s premiere, guests include new mom Jessica Simpson and Couric’s pal Sheryl Crow.
On Tuesday, Couric welcomes Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot to a rare flesh-eating disease. Wednesday, it’s Jennifer Lopez. And on Thursday, her guests are Brene Brown, author of the upcoming motivational book ‘‘Daring Greatly’’ and popular blogger Jenny Lawson.
‘‘I just hope people will be receptive to the whole spectrum of different kinds of shows that I really want to do,’’ says Couric. ‘‘I hope that we won’t tackle a superserious subject and find people aren’t interested.
‘‘Maybe I'm wrong, but I think you can be smart and engaging with a show that’s not pretentious or patronizing. I happen to believe that a lot of people are looking for that.’’
Is she taking a big chance opting for this high road — and vowing to stick to it? Is she in danger of outsmarting her viewers, and herself?
‘‘I've always had the attitude that ‘No guts, no glory,'’’ she says. ‘‘But I'm not looking for glory, I'm just looking for an opportunity to continue to enjoy what I do, and do something worthwhile. So sue me!’’ she cracks.
Then, when her chuckling subsides, she shares an early, pleased appraisal: ‘‘It’s really shaping up to be what I'd hoped it would be.’’
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier