When it comes to daytime television and most notably, daytime talk shows, there are few that have had true success. Oprah Winfrey is the grand dame of the daytime talk show circuit, and even though she is giving up her show after this season to try “something new”, her mark has been indelible. Others have tried to take her crown and most have failed. The View came on the scene with little buzz but has since created a cult-like following amongst their viewers, me included. The different personalities sometimes combining and sometimes clashing make for interesting and entertaining television. The formula is a recipe for success. And it’s been repeated with The Talk—CBS’s answer to the ABC powerhouse.
Let me say that I have not seen The Talk, which premiered this week on CBS. Following the successful blueprint of The View, it brings several popular women together to create chemistry—Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sarah Gilbert, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Sharon Osborne, and Leah Remini take over the spot that used to be held for the cancelled As the World Turns. The Talk does not directly compete with The View as they are in two different time slots, but one cannot wonder what is up CBS’s sleeve. Do they want to go for Barbara Walters’ jugular by taking her idea and running with it? Do we need another The View?
I, for one, love all of these women who are on The Talk. Holly Robinson Peete is my BFF in my head and Sharon Osborne reminds me so much of my own mother. Sarah Gilbert always impressed me on Roseanne and I am a Big Brother fiend so Julie Chen is my girl. Leah Remini is best girlfriends with Jennifer Lopez so she must be good peeps too! And Marissa Jaret Winokur, well I don’t know too much about her other than she was on Dancing with the Stars. These are all amazing and successful women who have had great careers.
But I do not want to watch them together on The Talk. I don’t want to see a recycled idea. As much as I love these ladies and their personalities, The View is where it is at—Whoopi, Joy, Sherri, (and even Elisabeth), along with Babs makes my day. I can depend on them all to give me a show and make me think about important topics of the day. The View is constantly making headlines on their show, included the recent Joy and Whoopi walk-off after Bill O’Reilly said all Muslims were terrorists.
Imagine that happening on The Talk.
If The Talk lasts last two seasons, I will be surprised. America loves The View and their ratings show that.
What are your thoughts on The Talk vs. The View? Place your bets!