How 'The Talk' will be different than 'The View'
By John Consoli, Mediaweek
When CBS daytime show "The Talk" premieres Oct. 18, don't expect any of the guests to be promoting their books, movies or their own TV shows. And if they can't open up to the show's six co-hosts and express real, personal thoughts about their own lives and topics of the day, they're not coming on.
Executive producer Brad Bessey, who spent 15 years at "Entertainment Tonight," most recently as co-executive producer, said he already has rejected some well-known guests (he declined to name names) because he didn't think they could be "real."
"I want this show to empower women," Bessey said. "I want this to be a host-driven show, where guests and the audience can have open and honest conversations with the show's co-hosts."
"The Talk" is the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, the actress and relatively new mother who brought the idea to CBS and will be one of the co-hosts along with Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur.