With “The Oprah Winfrey Show” coming to an end, CBS has apparently identified an opportunity to launch a new daytime talk show that will see the world through the eyes of mothers. One of those mothers is Julie Chen, the wife of CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, who is also an anchor of “The Early Show” and host of “Big Brother.”
In addition to Chen, the as yet unnamed show will be co-hosted by Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur. It will be one hour long, airing weekdays.
“The co-hosts — moms with children ranging in age from infant to adult — will swap stories, challenge each other on issues and engage the studio audience and viewers at home about events in the headlines and their own homes through the lens of motherhood. Show segments will include guest interviews with entertainers and newsmakers, live remotes from the field and personal home footage shot by the co-hosts themselves,” CBS said in its pitch for the new show.
So, it sounds a bit like “The View” on ABC, with the addition of home movies and diaper changing.
The show was developed by Gilbert, who also serves as executive producer.
"Daytime is an evolving daypart with more variety now among soap operas, game and talk shows," said Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment. "We were looking for a new format that would speak to the core audience but also have the topical and entertainment value to go even broader. This panel is not a bashful bunch; they are outspoken on any issue you put on the table. It promises to be an hour of television with timely discussions, unfiltered opinions and a lot of personality."
Here are the bios provide by CBS:
Julie Chen has been an anchor of "The Early Show," CBS News' weekday morning broadcast, since October 2002. Chen spends her summers doing double duty between co-anchoring "The Early Show" and hosting "Big Brother," a reality series that began its 12th season on CBS in July 2010. Chen lives in New York and Los Angeles with her husband, Leslie Moonves, with whom she has a son and 3 stepchildren.
Sara Gilbert may be best known for her role as Darlene Conner in the long-running series "Roseanne," which garnered her two Emmy nominations. Her additional television credits include roles on "ER," "Twins," "24," "Will & Grace," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Private Practice," as well as "Welcome to New York," "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Class" on the Network. She has appeared in films such as "Poison Ivy," "Riding in Cars with Boys," "Desert Blue," "Light It Up," "The Big Tease" and "High Fidelity."
Holly Robinson Peete's television credits include "21 Jump Street," "Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper," "For Your Love," "One on One" and most recently, "Celebrity Apprentice." She also appeared in the telefilm, "Matters of Life & Dating." She performed the theme songs for both "21 Jump Street" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," and did her own singing as Diana Ross in the miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream." She and her husband, former NFL QB Rodney Peete, formed the HollyRod Foundation in 1996 and HollyRod4Kids in 2000.
Sharon Osbourne has managed numerous artists' careers over a 30-year span, and is also credited with creating and producing the first reality celebrity TV show, "The Osbournes," for which she won an Emmy. Her additional television credits include "Will & Grace," "Days of Our Lives" and hosting "The Sharon Osbourne Show." She is currently a judge on "America's Got Talent." She is a best-selling author of three books, including her autobiography, Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography.
Leah Remini is best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the long-running series "The King of Queens," on the Network. Her previous television credits include "Living Dolls," "Saved By the Bell," "Cheers" and "Friends." Her film credits also include "Old School." Since then, she has produced two "Inside Out" wedding and baby specials for VH1, as well as a series of "In the Motherhood" webisodes.
Marissa Jaret Winokur is best known for creating the role of "Tracy Turnblad" in the hit Broadway musical, Hairspray, a performance for which she won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress. Winokur was most recently seen as the host "Dance Your Ass Off."