Jones mines her years on 'The View' for a new VH1 scripted series about the dirty secrets of daytime talk
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VH1’s latest series is pulling back the curtain on daytime talk shows à la UnREAL.

EW has your first exclusive look at Daytime Divas, a new series executive-produced by Star Jones and based on her 2011 novel Satan’s Sisters, which follows the women of the fictional daytime show The Lunch Hour: (from left) Maxine (Vanessa Williams), the show’s creator; Mo (Survivor’s Remorse‘s Tichina Arnold), whom Jones describes as “the pisser on the show”; Heather (Wilfred‘s Fiona Gubelmann), the conservative Christian; Nina (Scorpion‘s Camille Guaty), an intriguing war correspondent; and Kibby (Pretty Little Liars‘ Chloe Bridges), a problematic former child star.

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“Some [of the characters] are selfish, and some are sweet as can be,” says Jones, who cohosted The View for nine years. “Every one of them has some aspect of my personality.”

While the show is inspired by Jones’ daytime past, “none of the plotlines…were taken directly from The View because I thought that would be rude,” she says. “When you’re intimate with someone, you can’t disclose private stuff like that.”