Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, Monica Lewinsky, Victoria Beckham, Dame Julie Andrews, Eddie Murphy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Join NBC News’ TODAY in October

TODAY Highlights Big Initiatives Including Breast Cancer Awareness Month, International Day of the Girl, National Bullying Prevention Monthand Hidden Heroes 

TODAY Also Launches Three New Franchise Series 

NEW YORK – September 30, 2019 – NBC News’ TODAY is launching a month full of big names, big events and big news.  Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, Craig Melvin and Carson Daly will kick off TODAY’s October to Remember tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1 with Kotb’s very personal Pink Power TODAY series for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. MORE

Big special guest appearances on TODAY this October include former First Lady Michelle Obama, who will make a special announcement on International Day of the Girl, Tom Hanks, who will spotlight Elizabeth Dole’s Hidden Heroes organization, and Monica Lewinsky, who will sit down for a live interview for National Bullying Prevention Month. Additionally, fashion icon Victoria Beckham, Academy Award-winning actress Dame Julie Andrews, comedy legend Eddie Murphy, and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will join TODAY to announce their new projects. 

TODAY will also launch three new franchise series this October lead by NBC News correspondents including Mr. Smith Goes To… with Harry Smith, Stay Tuned TODAY with Savannah Sellers and TODAY’s Consumer with Vicky Nguyen. 

The month will end with TODAY’s biggest Halloween party ever on Rockefeller Plaza. Viewers and fans are once again encouraged to join TODAY’s annual tradition. 

Highlights for TODAY’s October to Remember: 

October 1

Pink Power TODAY

  • TODAY will spotlight the fight against breast cancer as survivors fill the Plaza and “punch away” cancer while boxing. Hoda Kotb, a 12-year survivor, will sit down with other survivors to share their stories about battling cancer.

October 1

Lin-Manuel Miranda  

October 1

– TODAY’s Consumer series launch

  • Vicky Nguyen takes a deeper look at consumer trends that impact viewers lives. Segments for the week include: 

Foul balls in baseball – Is America’s favorite past time getting too dangerous for fans?

Is airline food safe to eat or could it make travelers sick?

How are apps on phones tracking users?

– StayTuned TODAY series launch

  • Savannah Sellers reports on the social media generation – how tech and social media are shaping the lives of our teens. 

– Mr. Smith Goes To series launch

  • Harry Smith travels the world to tell stories of history makers, celebrities and everyday heroes.  

October 11

TODAY Celebrates International Day of the Girl  

  • TODAY will spotlight global adolescent girls’ education alongside Michelle Obama, the Obama Foundation and YouTube Originals. Mrs. Obama and Jenna Bush Hager will make a special announcement that day.  Alessia Cara will perform on the Plaza.

October 15

Victoria Beckham and Dame Julie Andrews

October 16

Stop Bullying TODAY

  • Monica Lewinsky joins TODAY live in studio for National Bullying Prevention Month. 

October 24

Hidden Heroes TODAY

  • Tom Hanks will return to TODAY to highlight Elizabeth Dole’s Hidden Heroes organization.  Savannah Guthrie, who is ambassador of Hidden Heroes, will sit down with Hanks, chair of Hidden Heroes, to showcase the organization, which supports military and veteran caregivers.

October 25

Eddie Murphy sits down with Al Roker

October 31

TODAY’s Halloween on the Plaza


For more information contact:

Megan Stackhouse
NBC News
e: megan.stackhouse@nbcuni.com
p: 212-664-6205

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