The Talk (TV series)
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|Created by||Sara Gilbert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||745|
|Executive producer(s)||John Redmann
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original run||October 18, 2010– present|
Along with Gilbert, the show features Julie Chen as the moderator, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne discussing the day's latest headlines while usually tying in the show's theme of motherhood or at least parenthood, such as by giving their opinions "through the eyes of mothers". It also contains celebrity interviews and segments for mothers and parents in general.
The show airs before a live studio audience Monday through Thursday at 11:00am Pacific Time from the CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California, and is broadcast live at 2:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Central over most CBS affiliates in the Eastern & Central time zones. The program is recorded for tape delay in the remaining time zones. On Thursday afternoons at 1:00pm Pacific Time, a second show is taped with the Thursday morning studio audience for broadcast on Friday.
The fourth season of The Talk premiered on September 9, 2013.
In December 2009, it was announced that CBS was cancelling As the World Turns, and was looking for a replacement to air in its time slot. Sara Gilbert approached CBS about producing a pilot that would feature six women talking about the day’s headlines with opinions told through "the eyes of mothers."
On July 21, 2010, it was announced that CBS had picked up the show, beating out several other contenders, including a cooking show featuring Emeril Lagasse, Say It Now, a talk show featuring Valerie Bertinelli and Rove McManus, and a revamped version of the hit game show Pyramid, hosted by Andy Richter.
In the four weeks prior to the show's debut, new episodes of The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal as well as repeats of The Young and the Restless aired in the vacated As the World Turns time slot.
The original panel consisted of Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete, actress Leah Remini (best known from the popular CBS sitcom The King of Queens), Big Brother hostess Julie Chen, and former talk show hostess/X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne. Marissa Jaret Winokur was featured in an off-the studio position as the "mother on the street", dealing with issues like taking her toddler on an airplane, talking with kids about sex, talking to parents about the "terrible twos" and other parental issues.
Season 1 changes
On January 14, 2011, Marissa Jaret Winokur reported that she would not be returning to the show in 2011. In an exclusive statement, Brad Bessey, executive producer of The Talk, told People magazine, "We think the world of Marissa as a creative talent, on-air personality and super mom. This is a mutual decision based on time, not talent."
Season 2 changes
On August 26, 2011, it was announced that original co-host Leah Remini had been released from the show. On September 2, 2011, it was confirmed that Holly Robinson Peete had also been released from the show.
Failure to disclose on the program why the two were released or even mention them brought audience criticism of the show, as well as protests from the stars' fans. While there was much speculation that co-host Julie Chen had involvement in the decision, as she's married to the CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, it was Sharon Osbourne who eventually gave opinion on their dismissals in December 2011 on The Howard Stern Show, stating: "Some people don't really know who they are, and you have to know who you are when you're in something like this. You can't pretend to be something you're not. You have to know your brand. You can't be all things to everyone." Additionally, Osbourne commented on the failure to let Remini and Peete know why they were let go, stating "Why should we call them to discuss?" In March 2012, a heavily publicized Twitter dispute ignited between Remini and Osbourne when Remini fired back at Osbourne for her comments on The Howard Stern Show.
Season 1 (2010–11)
The first week of shows featured several celebrity guests, including model Christie Brinkley, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, actress/director Chandra Wilson, actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis, and former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford.
During the week of October 25, 2010, The Talk co-hosts discussed a commentary blog posted by Marie Claire magazine, in which one of the magazine's writers took issue with a new sitcom: Mike & Molly, because the show focused on a "plus-size" couple. Outraged by the writer's perspective, Sharon Osbourne called the writer a "bitch." Billy Gardell, one of the stars of Mike & Molly, appeared on the show on November 1, 2010, to address the matter.
In July 2011, The Talk panelists, with the exception of Sara Gilbert, were criticized for their conduct when discussing the crimes of Catherine Kieu. Osbourne described Kieu's cutting off of her husband's penis and then throwing it in the garbage disposal as "quite fabulous." She and the others were widely criticized for this particularly by men's rights advocates who responded by boycotting the program. Only Sara Gilbert objected to the laughter, calling it "sexist." On July 19, Osbourne discussed her behavior, stating between spurts of laughter that she was "sorry that she offended people" and claiming that she did "not condone genital mutilation".
Seasons 2–4 (2011–14)
Molly Shannon was the guest co-host for September 2011.
The show made two trips to New York City in the second season, broadcasting live for one week on each trip. The first trip garnered some criticism for placing some audience members inside and some outside the studio. Beginning with the second trip, the show commenced to be taped in a studio that was similar to its L.A. studio, with the audience entirely inside.
The third season began by introducing each of the co-hosts without their make-up and dressed in robes. The audience were dressed in robes and without their make-up as well. All of the co-hosts were shown beside pictures when make-up has been applied. The guests, also participating, were Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Stafford and Melody Thomas Scott (both from The Young and The Restless), and Katherine Kelly Lang (from The Bold and the Beautiful).
The show returned to NYC in the third season for another special week of shows, this time teaming up with "Toys For Tots" and asking all guests and audience members to bring one new unwrapped toy to donate. As part of the donation drive, Hasbro donated $15,000 worth of toys. Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu (who appeared on "The Talk" in support of their CBS series "Elementary") donated $10,000 worth of toys on behalf of their entire cast and crew. It was also announced during this week of shows that "The Talk" will be broadcasting another special week of shows, this one from New Orleans, Louisiana in order to help promote CBS's coverage of the Super Bowl. That week of shows aired the week immediately before the Super Bowl on CBS.
The debut episode of The Talk was number one in its timeslot in 20 of the 56 markets. As of October 2011, The Talk averaged 1.83 million viewers per episode, a 25% decrease from As the World Turns's ratings the previous year.
By June 2012, The Talk averaged 1.7/6 in households, 2.29 million viewers, 1.1/7 in women 25-54 and 0.8/5 in women 18-49. The women 25-54 rating was The Talk's highest since the week ending Feb 17, while the women 18-49 rating was the best since the week ending May 4. Compared to the same week last year, The Talk was up +21% in households (from 1.4/4), +24% in viewers (from. 1.85m), +38% in women 25-54 (from 0.8/5) and +33% in women 18-49 (from 0.6/4).
Awards and nominations
- 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2014 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
- 2014 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host(s) (Chen, Gilbert, Osbourne, Tyler, Underwood)
- In Australia, The Talk began broadcasting on August 6, 2012 on Network Ten, as a replacement for controversially axed local talk show The Circle. The Talk rates lower than the former local offering, achieving just 29,000 viewers on August 15 compared to the axed show's 39,000 two months earlier, and well below rival programs Channel Seven's The Morning Show and Channel Nine's Mornings which rated 200,000 and 119,000 viewers respectively.
- In Canada, The Talk airs simultaneously on Global TV and on NTV in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- In South Africa, The Talk began broadcasting on April 1, 2011 in the 1:00 PM timeslot on MNet.
- In the Philippines, the program was formerly aired on Solar News Channel, but they discontinued airing in September 2013 after Season 4 is aired.
- In the Czech Republic, The Talk airs on Prima Love.
- In New Zealand, The Talk began broadcasting on January 23, 2012 on TV3.
- In the Arab world, The Talk airs on MBC 4.
- Loose Women broadcasts on ITV in the United Kingdom.
- Le Grand 8 (The Big 8/The coaster) on D8 in France (Monday to Friday).
- Así Somos (The way we are) on Ecuavisa in Ecuador.
- De Tafel Van Vijf (The Table of Five) on Net 5 and Vrouw & Paard, (Woman & Horse) on Nederland 2 in the Netherlands.
- Kalam Nawaem (Sweet Talk) on MBC in the Arab world.
- Midday on TV3 in Ireland.
- The Circle on Network Ten in Australia and the cancelled The Catch-Up on Nine Network in 2007.
- Studio 5 in Norway
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