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The Talk (TV series)

The Talk
Format Talk show
Created by Sara Gilbert
Presented by
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 648 (as of Aug 20, 2013)[1]
Executive producer(s) John Redmann
Sara Gilbert
Running time 60 minutes
Production companies
Original channel CBS
Picture format ]
Original run October 18, 2010 (2010-10-18) – 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 currently 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/or parents in general.

The Talk is currently in its fourth season, which premiered on September 9, 2013.[3]


In December 2009, it was announced that CBS was cancelling As the World Turns, and was looking for a replacement to air in its timeslot. 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, therefore 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 newly revamped version of the hit game show Pyramid, hosted by Andy Richter.[4]

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 timeslot.


      Current       Former

Position 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
First seat Julie Chen
Second seat Holly Robinson-Peete Aisha Tyler
Third seat Sharon Osbourne
Fourth seat Sara Gilbert
Fifth seat Leah Remini Sheryl Underwood
Mom on the Street Marissa Jaret Winokur

Original panel

Along with Gilbert, the first confirmed co-host was Holly Robinson Peete. In April, it was announced that actress Leah Remini (best known from the popular CBS sitcom The King of Queens) and Big Brother hostess Julie Chen (whose husband, Leslie Moonves, is president and CEO of CBS Corporation) would also be starring in the pilot. Two months later, Marissa Jaret Winokur confirmed that she would also be starring in the pilot. In late June, former talk show hostess and America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne had been confirmed to be joining the program.


Marissa Jaret Winokur was originally featured 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", etc. On January 14, 2011, she 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."[5][6]

On August 26, 2011, it was announced that original co-host Leah Remini had been released from the show.[7] On September 2, 2011, it was confirmed that Holly Robinson Peete had been released from the show as well.[8]

Failure to ever disclose why the two were released or even make mention of them brought a great deal of audience criticism of the show, as well as protests from the stars' fans.[9][10] While there was much speculation that their former Talk 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 explained 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?"[11][12] 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.

Comedienne Sheryl Underwood joined the panel as a co-host on September 6, 2011,[13] and Aisha Tyler's addition to the panel was announced on October 23, 2011.

Season synopses

Season 1 (2010–11)

Season 1 premiered on October 18, 2010. The show debuted on CBS at 2 pm ET, replacing As the World Turns. 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.[14]

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."[15] Billy Gardell, one of the stars of Mike & Molly, appeared on the show on November 1, 2010, to address the matter.[16][17]

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.

In February 2011, Justin Bieber was a guest to promote his movie "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" and his second remix album "Never Say Never: The Remixes."

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."[18] 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".[19]

Seasons 2–4 (2011–14)

Season 2 premiered on Tuesday, September 6, the day after Labor Day. Molly Shannon was the guest co-host for September.

The third season officially started on September 10, 2012. It 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).

This season "The Talk" returned to NYC 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 will air the week immediately before the Super Bowl on CBS.

Season 4 premiered on September 9, 2013.



The debut episode of The Talk was number one in its timeslot in 20 of the 56 markets.[20] However, as of October 2011, The Talk averaged 1.83 million viewers per episode,[21] a 25% decrease from As the World Turns's ratings the previous year.[22]

By June 2012, however, 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).[23]


As of May 9, 2012, the talk show has been nominated for three Daytime Emmys for the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards, including the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment. Also during this season, The Talk made two trips to New York City, 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 LA studio, with the audience entirely inside.

International broadcasts

International Variations


External links

  • Official Website

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