With the start of the new television season , CBS brought in a new daytime show called “The Talk” featuring Leah Remini ( King of Queens), Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert ( Rosanne), Holly Robinson- Peete and Sharon Osbourne. The show aired on October 18th filling a void left by the cancellation of the long running day-time drama “As the World Turns”. As a talk show this series brings a breath of fresh air to a rather stiff round table forum as shows such as this. The set along makes you feel at home like you were having a casual conversation in ones den, unlike that of the shows competition (“The View”) which makes you feel like you’re in the corporate board room.
Thus far the show as received a lot of negative criticism from those in the industry. Linda Stassi of the New York Post calls the show, “A mommy’s version of “The View”” and Matthew Gilbert of The Washington Post states that the show, “is an hour of unintelligent gibberish by a group of celebrity females pretending to be a microcosm of American society”. Additionally, comments have been directed to the shows co-host Leah Remini accusing her of being over obtrusive and a blabbering loud mouth. Other comments refer to how, “TheTalk” is a knock-off of its predecessor. The only comparison is that both are roundtable talk shows hosted by 5 to 6 females.
Originally “The View” was similar; it had a more open format centered on day to day happenings. However, over the years the show has become let’s say “anal” and too political in nature. The original cast included Meredith Vieira (1997-2006), Star Jones (1997- 2006), Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1999), Lisa Ling (1999-2002) and Joy Behar who has been with the show off and on from its inception. There have been several changes over the years like the addition of Rosie O’Donnell (2006-2007), Elizabeth Hasselebeck (2003- ?), Whoopi Goldberg (2007- ?), and Sherri Shepherd (2007-?) along with none other than “The Grand Dame herself” Barbara Walters along with a handful of guest hosts over the years.
Matenopoulos brought a bubbly incite of youthfulness to the show where Hasselbeck acts like if you want it, come get it, but if you try I’ll tear you a new one. Not the friendliest of attitudes I’d say. Then Rosie O’Donnell just didn’t fit the mix at all. Goldberg was brought in to replace Vieira who was the mother of the group and had a way with her bunch, like a mother with her kids. You know as families we must live together; so children, you must be civil to one another approach where Goldberg throws up the topic of the day like it was a pork chop and lets the litter tear at eat other till one gets the meat. In it’s beginning it had a more open approach just like “The Talk” and now it’s more right wing. The guests tend to be pushing some political agenda as do the hosts. Like I mentioned, “The Talk” has a more open approach, they attack the issues that are relevant to the moment and they hit on the subject with a touch of humor.
The main issue here is that day time TV has brought a show to the plate that shows some relevance not like the typical garbage that currently airs. Shows like Springer and Povich lack integrity focusing on shock value instead of realism and bringing back game shows from the past. I caught a glimpse of the “New Let’s Make A Deal” and Wayne Brady truly no Monty Hall and the soap operas, some of them have gotten so far out there that most of them I’ve gotten away from. It wouldn’t be so bad if they brought in some new families but most have the same families that they started with forty years ago the only difference the brother married the sister- in- law and the sister married the brother- in- law making the kids who were cousins brothers and sisters and trying to keep up with family structure like that gives me a headache.
As far as ratings go, “The Talk” has been pulling in 2.1 million viewers per episode for its short life and holds a 34/100 rating on Metacritic. Given time the show should hold its own and in my opinion I’d give it 6 out of 10 in my book.