The Talk (TV series)

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The Talk
The Talk logo.png
Genre Talk show
Created by Sara Gilbert
Presented by
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 1,000[1]
Executive producer(s) John Redmann
Sara Gilbert
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channel CBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release October 18, 2010 (2010-10-18) – present (present)
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The Talk is a talk show created by actress Sara Gilbert, who also serves as the executive producer. The show premiered on October 18, 2010,[2] and airs on CBS as a part of CBS Daytime.

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.


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."[citation needed]

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.[3]

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.



Co-host Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Julie Chen
Sara Gilbert
Sharon Osbourne
Aisha Tyler
Sheryl Underwood
Leah Remini
Holly Robinson Peete
Marissa Jaret Winokur

Season 1[edit]

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.

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."[4][5]

When America's Got Talent resumed filming on March 2, 2011, Osbourne's daughter Kelly Osbourne began filling in for her on a substitute basis, as the show's first substitute host.

On August 26, 2011, it was announced that original co-host Leah Remini had been released from the show.[6] On September 2, 2011, it was confirmed that Holly Robinson Peete had also been released from the show.[7] Sharon Osbourne 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."[8][9] Failure to disclose on the program why Remini and Robinson Peete were released or even mention them brought audience criticism of the show, as well as protests from the stars' fans.[10][11]

Seasons 2–5[edit]

Comedienne Sheryl Underwood joined the panel as a co-host on September 6, 2011.[12]

Molly Shannon was the guest co-host for September 2011.

Actress and comedienne Aisha Tyler's addition to the panel was announced on October 23, 2011.

Kelly Osbourne, Marie Osmond, Melissa Rivers and Carnie Wilson are the current substitute hosts, filling in for members on the panel.

Notable episodes[edit]

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.[13]

The show made two trips to New York City in the second season, broadcasting live for one week on each trip. The first trip placed 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. "The Talk" broadcast another special week of shows, this time from New Orleans, Louisiana in order to help promote CBS's coverage of the Super Bowl.

In the second week of January 2015, The Talk had a special second "late night" edition each evening which filled the week as part of The Late Late Show having guest hosts in the period between Craig Ferguson's departure and James Corden's arrival from the series.



The debut episode of The Talk was number one in its timeslot in 20 of the 56 markets.[14] As of October 2011, The Talk averaged 1.83 million viewers per episode,[15] a 25% decrease from As the World Turns‍ '​s ratings the previous year.[16]

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).[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 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)
  • 2015 Nomination for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
  • 2015 Nomination for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host (Chen, Gilbert, Osbourne, Tyler, Underwood)

International broadcasts[edit]

Similar shows in different countries[edit]


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