Later this month, six new ladies will enter the daytime chat arena, where the four ladies of The View have reigned supreme for years. Both shows feature women of stature and experience in “the business”, but CBS’ new venture does not want to replicate its competition-it wants to be different. Its aim is to portray diverse women who share motherhood just as they are, and relate issues from that perspective rather than ranting over headlines or political persuasions. Sara Gilbert will co-host and produce the show, along with Brad Bessey and John Redman, and also is the primary developer of the foree.
The team obviously enjoys challenges, because The Talk’s timeslot will be that of the longest-running TV serial in soap opera history, As the World Turns, and whether it can capture any of that demographic is a mystery. When a press release from the network detailed all the co-hosts’ spouses, except for Gibert’s, speculation began that the network was deflecting Gilbert’s lesbianism, which she has never concealed. Her response was much more direct. “I don’t think of things as ‘out’ or ‘in’, I just think I am who I am, and I’ll share with the time is right.” She explained that her sexuality has never dominated her perspective.
Other hosts include Julie Chen, who is giving up her co-anchor role on The Early Show to become part of the new girls club, and became a mom later in life. Chen says the show wants to talk about what everybody’s talking about and “we don’t have an edit button.” Sharon Osborne thrives in her love for the fabulous and the flamboyant, but also more than earns credit as a hands-on mom in rearing and rebuilding the lives of her now grown children and rocker husband, and will lend that experience. Holly Robinson Peete not only won as The Apprentice last season, but is a full-time mom of 4, and that’s .gotta count for a lot! Leah Remini held a longtime stint on the TV sitcom King of Queens before taking on a reality show of her wedding and parenthood, and portrays no shyness whatsoever. Marissa Jaret Winokur rounds out the gang. She won a Tony Award for her role in Hairspray, and has starred in other productions, such as Grease, and hosted and competed in television dance competitions, including Dancing with the Stars, proclaiming she’s proud to be the girl who doesn’t fit the mold or the size 2.
The feel of the show hopes to capture what happens when girlfriends talk, more focused on how to get the kids to sleep and making leftover lasagna unrecognizable again than comparing agendas. The Talk and its producers beg to draw in lots of eavesdroppers!
The show premieres Oct. 18 on CBS daytime.