Katie Couric and John Molner attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art s Costume Institute benefit in May. Couric and Molner became engaged over the weekend.
Katie Couric and John Molner attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art s Costume Institute benefit in May. Couric and Molner became engaged over the weekend. INVISION/AP FILE PHOTO

Katie Couric engaged to financier

Katie Couric is getting married to her financier boyfriend John Molner.

Couric's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik confirmed the engagement Tuesday morning following a report by People magazine.

Molner gave 56-year-old Couric, the former host of "Today," a diamond ring over the weekend in East Hampton. Molner, 50, is a partner at investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, who oversees mergers and acquisitions advisory work for the firm's corporate clients. The couple have dated for nearly two years.

Couric's husband Jay Monahan died in 1998 of colon cancer. She is the mother of two daughters, now 21 and 17.

Her talk show, "Katie," starts its second season Sept. 9.

Lopez back, Connick joins 'American Idol'

"American Idol" is betting that a judges' remix with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will fare better with viewers than bickering divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj did last season.

The rumored addition of Lopez and Connick as judges for season 13 was announced Tuesday by Fox. They'll join Urban to make up the talent show's first panel consisting solely of singers -- much like NBC's successful 2011 upstart "The Voice."

Pop star and actress Lopez will be back on "American Idol" after a two-season run as judge in 2011 and 2012 that was a boon for the show and her career. Connick, a respected jazz singer and musician, proved adept as a mentor in several "Idol" appearances.

Fox also announced that original judge Randy Jackson, who exited along with Carey and Minaj at the end of last season, will be back in a new role as in-house mentor to the contestants. Ryan Seacrest, also part of "Idol" from the start, will again host.

LeBron James producing sitcom

LeBron James is joining forces with Starz and the man behind classic shows like "The Cosby Show" to create a sitcom that will touch on something he knows a lot about -- "Survivor's Remorse."

The Miami Heat star will be the executive producer of the half-hour show. It will focus on two people who make it big after getting out of Philadelphia's inner city and will chronicle the characters as they try to adjust to that fame along with feelings of guilt for having made it while peers are still struggling.

James is working on the project with his business partner and longtime friend Maverick Carter, along with Tom Werner, the force behind shows such as "The Cosby Show" and "Roseanne." Actor Mike O'Malley will also be an executive producer.

CNN pushes up date of 'Crossfire' return

With a congressional vote on Syria looming, CNN can't wait to get "Crossfire" started again.

The network says the daily debate program will begin Monday, Sept. 9. CNN had originally planned for the show to debut the following Monday, but it moved up the premiere because of President Barack Obama's request that Congress vote on a military response against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones are the new combatants on "Crossfire." The 30-minute show will air weekdays at 6:30 p.m.