CBS has announced it has ordered a new daytime talk show co-hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, and Marissa Jaret Winokur for the upcoming fall season. The format of the show will resemble The View, with the co-hosts discussing various current events but from a motherhood point of view, CBS says. All of the hosts have children who range in age from infants to adults.
The talk show — which is replacing the outgoing sudser As the World Turns — will also feature interviews with big-name entertainers and newsmakers. As well as serving as co-host, Gilbert will act as executive producer.
“Daytime is an evolving daypart with more variety now among soap operas, game and talk shows,” said Barbara Bloom, CBS’ Senior Vice President of Daytime, said in a statement. “We were looking for a new format that would speak to the core audience but also have the topical and entertainment value to go even broader. This panel is not a bashful bunch; they are outspoken on any issue you put on the table. It promises to be an hour of television with timely discussions, unfiltered opinions and a lot of personality.”
There was early speculation that CBS would replace As the World Turns with a CBS/Paramount-produced talk show hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, but the network opted to develop the aforementioned panel series and game shows instead. In fact, CBS considered remakes of Pyramid and Password since it replaced The Guiding Light with an update of Let’s Make a Deal.
This isn’t the first time that someone tried to make a mom version of The View. Telepictures developed a pilot featuring Kate Gosselin and Food Network star Paula Deen last year, but the project was scuttled.
Meanwhile, the final episode of As the World Turns is set to air in September.