The Today show is heading overseas next week.
Karl, Lisa, Dickie, Ben, Sylvia and the TODAY team will be travelling all over the United States next week in their TODAY USA tour, beginning Monday, September 8 on Channel Nine.
Special guests will include rocker Billy Idol, the Madden Brothers, singer-songwriter Sam Smith, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their stunning co-star Megan Fox, Human Nature, Sharknado star Tara Reid, and the one and only Barbra Streisand.
Entertainment gurus Richard Wilkins and Richard Reid will hit the West Coast, meeting up with the popular male revue group Thunder from Down Under, sky-jumping (a cross between sky diving, bungee jumping and base jumping) in Las Vegas, checking out a celebrity boot camp, and becoming honorary cowboys in Dallas.
Emma Freedman will showcase some of the world’s most pristine locations as she explores beautiful national parks from Monument Valley located on the Arizona/Utah state line to the famous Grand Canyon.
Today reporter Chris Urquhart will then take us for a ride on the USA wild side, riding along with the real Miami Vice, visiting “Dollywood”, Dolly Parton’s theme park, and alligator spotting with the swamp people of Florida. He’ll also meet the wacky Americans preparing for the end of the world and sample moonshine in the Deep South. Sylvia Jeffreys will visit the new World Trade Centre exhibition to mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11.
Lisa Wilkinson said: “This is the fourth year we’ve done this trip and we can’t wait to get back into the fabulous Times Square studios of our sister program, Good Morning America. We’ll be on the corner of 44th and Broadway and we’d love as many Aussies as possible to come and visit us while we are on air.
“We’ll be there during the US Open and just as New York Fashion Week kicks off – featuring everyone from Victoria Beckham to our own Aussie stars Dion Lee and Camilla Franks. Karl and I love the city that never sleeps, and besides, who doesn’t want to hang out in the country that counts tomato sauce as a vegetable?”
Karl Stefanovic said: “I’m looking forward to our audience watching me pack on fifteen kilos in five days, eat my body weight in hot dogs and drink a swimming pool of American beer. We’ve also got some special guests that will blow people’s minds, including one of my all-time idols who is about to renew a love affair with Australia … and hopefully me.”
Monday, September 8 – New York, Las Vegas, Zion National Park in Utah
Tuesday, September 9 – New York, San Francisco, Bryce Canyon in Utah
Wednesday, September 10 – New York, Los Angeles (Universal Studios), Lake Powell in Utah
Thursday, September 11 – New York, Los Angeles (Hollywood Blvd), Monument Valley in Utah/Arizona
Friday, September 12 – New York, Dallas (SouthFork Ranch) and Grand Canyon
The Today show airs 5:30 AM weekdays on Nine.