The Real (talk show)

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The Real
The Real logo.svg
GenreTalk show
Presented by
Opening theme"This is Our Time" by Tamille Doswell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
Executive producer(s)SallyAnn Salsano (2013–2016)
Rachel Miskowiec (2015–present)
Running time43 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkSyndication
Picture format
Original releaseJuly 15, 2013 (2013-07-15) –
present (present)
External links

The Real is an American syndicated talk show created by SallyAnn Salsano (495 Productions).[1] The series initially received a trial run on Fox-owned markets in the summer of 2013 and premiered for full syndication in 2014.

On January 3, 2018, Fox Television Stations picked up two more seasons of the series, effectively allowing Warner Bros. Television Distribution to continue to produce it into the 2019–20 television season.[2]

On November 4, 2019, Deadline officially reported that Fox Television Stations renewed the series for the seventh and eighth seasons with Warner Bros. Television Distribution producing the show into the 2021-22 television season.


From L-R: Mowry-Housley, Mai, Houghton and Love.

In the summer of 2013, it was announced that the series would be tested on seven Fox-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston and Tampa.[3][4][5] In October 2013, it was announced that The Real would be nationally syndicated beginning September 15, 2014.[6][7]

In February 2015, Warner Bros. announced the series had been renewed for a second season.[8] In October 2015, the series was renewed for a third and fourth seasons, allowing it to air through 2018.[9][10] In January 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth and sixth seasons.[2][11] In November 2019, the series was renewed for a seventh and eighth seasons for the 2021-2022 television season.

The program switched to broadcasting live in its fourth season allowing viewers "a seat at the table" starting September 2017.[12]

SallyAnn Salsano, who created the show,[1] was executive producer along with Rachel Miskowiec until 2015, when Miskowiec took over; the show is produced by 495 Productions and Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.[13][14][15]


Seasons 1–2[edit]

The panel consisted of actress Tamera Mowry-Housley from the 1990s sitcom, Sister, Sister; hostess and fashion expert Jeannie Mai; R&B singer and television personality, Tamar Braxton, best known for her hit reality series Braxton Family Values; singer and actress Adrienne Houghton, known for being the lead singer in groups 3LW and The Cheetah Girls; and comedian and actress Loni Love, known for being the runner up on Star Search season 26 and a panelist on Chelsea Lately.[16][17]

Season 3–present[edit]

Braxton announced her departure from the series through a Warner Bros. press release on May 22, 2016, intending to concentrate on her music career.[18][19][20] On June 2, 2016, Braxton claimed that she had been fired on The Steve Harvey Morning Show.[21] She further asserted that she did not receive an explanation and was shocked.[21]


Co-host Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Loni Love
Tamera Mowry-Housley
Jeannie Mai
Adrienne Houghton
Tamar Braxton
  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "SallyAnn Salsano Steps Down From 'The Real' As Showrunner, Will Be Consultant". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (January 3, 2018). "'The Real' Renewed By Fox TV Stations Through 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Nededog, Jethro (June 12, 2013). "Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley Talk Show 'The Real' Gets Test Run on Fox Stations". TheWrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "It's Official: 'The Real' Talk Show Begins Four-Week Test Run July 15". Deadline Hollywood. June 12, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 31, 2013). "Tamera Mowry & Tamar Braxton Among Hosts Of New Syndicated Talk Show Getting Summer Trial Run On Fox Stations". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Block, Alex Ben (October 31, 2013). "'The Real' Gets National Syndication and Cable Pick Up". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 31, 2013). "FOX Owned Television Stations Pick Up Syndicated Talk Show 'The Real' for Fall 2014". TV by the Numbers.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2015). "'The Real' Renewed For Second Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  9. ^ Stanhope, Kate (October 29, 2015). "'The Real' Renewed for Two Seasons". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "Development Update: Thursday, October 29". The Futon Critic. October 29, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Mitchell, Amanda (August 13, 2019). "Loni Love Wants Tamar Braxton to Return as a Guest on The Real". O, The Oprah Magazine. United States: Hearst Communications. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  12. ^ Rice, Lynette (July 31, 2017). "The Real talk show will air live starting this fall". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "About the Show, The Real". The Real. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "Show: The Real on Fox on Daytime". 495 Productions. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 18, 2015). "'The Real' Names Rachel Miskowiec As New Showrunner". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "Telepictures Productions to Produce 4-Week Test of Talk Show "The Real" to be Distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution". The Futon Critic. June 13, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  17. ^ ""The Real" Renewed in 95%+ of the U.S." The Futon Critic. April 11, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 22, 2016). "Tamar Braxton Exits 'The Real' Talk Show". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  19. ^ Heller, Corrine (May 23, 2016). "Tamar Braxton Is Leaving The Real Talk Show". E Online. E News!. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "Daytime Emmy(R)-Nominated Talk Show "The Real" Returns for Season Three with "Free Money, Honey" and "Fan-Cash-Tic Giveaways" During Premiere Week". The Futon Critic. September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  21. ^ a b Steve Harvey (June 2, 2016), Tamar Braxton Exclusive Interview, retrieved April 17, 2018