When I first started my career in publicity nearly two decades ago, I launched talk shows. From Maury Povich to Ricki Lake and many more in between, I had the great pleasure of being on the ground floor of shows that kicked off with energy, excitement and built a fan base that lasted for quite a long time.
I still keep in touch with many of the producers of those shows – some moved on to incredible gigs like Oprah while others continually climbed the ladder of success and whenever I saw their names associated with a new daytime talker, I knew they were destined for the stars.
Which leads me to a new talk show that I’m helping to spread the word about on behalf of CBS. The show is called “The Talk” and it’s hosted by Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete and Marissa Jaret Winokur. And the production team behind the show is led by top “Entertainment Tonight” producer Brad Bessey and John Redmann – whom I first met while we were both working on the “Ricki Lake” show, who then went on to work at shows like “Rosie O’Donnell” and “Tyra Banks” to name a few.
As the producers gear up for the launch of the show, the hosts visited New York City for a whirlwind publicity tour this past week that included a roundtable chat and luncheon with parenting bloggers with children ranging in age from babies to post-college graduates. While the mom bloggers caught up and connected with one another, Julie, Holly, Leah, Sharon, Sara and Marissa breezed into the room and we could instantly sense we were in for an exciting ride.
“The Talk” is a brand new CBS daytime show that premieres October 18 at 2pm that will feature six amazing working mothers who will challenge each other on issues at home and in the headlines. Plus, they will be reaching out to parents across the country to find out what’s on our minds and sharing them in real time on the show!
Julie Chen, is currently one of the morning hosts of “The Early Show” and spends her summers hosting “Big Brother.” While she’s interviewed political leaders, A-List stars and one of my personal faves, Barbra Streisand, her latest challenging role is that of new mother (she recently gave birth this past year). She says when she first heard about “The Talk” from her husband (CBS head honcho Leslie Moonves), she instantly wanted to be a part of it and even suggested names of women she’d hoped would join the show. Incidentally, Leah Remini and Sharon Osbourne were at the top of her list!
Leah Remini tells it like it is and takes no prisoners. She is laugh out loud funny but also is not embarrassed to admit that she felt isolated and alone when she tried to participate in new mom groups. The great thing about Leah is that she is not afraid to say what’s on her mind and she will definitely be infusing her incredible humor and fiery spirit into every show.
Sara Gilbert is wicked smart! In fact, when you meet Sara you can tell she’s an old soul who is wise beyond her years with a great sense of humor to boot. The idea behind “The Talk” was Sara’s brainchild. As a new mom, Sara says she found so much support from mom groups that she wanted to take this concept to television – creating a talk show and social media experience where real moms can connect, share and support each other.
Sharon Osbourne is my Role Mommy. A working mom who achieved success prior to having kids, Osbourne admits that she was terrified to become a mom and she learned to be a good mother by making plenty of mistakes along the way. Despite her fame and incredible successes, Sharon Osbourne is an inspiration. She is real. She is funny. She is fiercely protective of her children. During our discussion, Sharon shared intimate stories about her kids’ bouts with bullying and talked about how she handled these situations head on. Trust me when I tell you that you will love Sharon Osbourne.
Holly Robinson Peete is an inspiration. A mom of four, Holly is passionate about issues relating to children with special needs and shares how her own son, who is autistic, has managed to make incredible strides due to the support of his siblings. Holly is also incredibly real and approachable and absolutely beautiful!
Marissa Jaret Winokur is the girlfriend you totally want to hang out with when you need someone to lift your spirits. She is beyond excited to be a part of “The Talk” and literally speaks a mile a minute. She’s going to get to go out in the field to meet with real moms and find out what’s really on our minds. Plus, the former star of “Hairspray” is also going to get to sing…can’t wait for that one. As the mom of a two year old, Marissa says she’s thrilled to get the chance to spend time with her son and talk about him on the show. And she says, she’s not going to be one of those celebrities who attempts to lose weight just for the cameras. Instead, she says she’s determined to put on as much weight as she can before the launch of the show! For that comment alone, I adore her.
The best thing about “The Talk” is that the hosts and the producers truly want to know what’s on the minds of parents. They will be featuring real moms and dads from across the country on their show and will be utilizing technology to get answers to all our burning questions in real time. If you want to find out more about the show and how you can be a part of the fun, visit the “The Talk” home page now. And if you live in the Los Angeles area or plan to visit, head over to “The Talk” website to order tickets!