Julie Chen talk show gets "As the World Turns" timeslot
Julie Chen has added another show to her CBS empire.
The network announced Wednesday Chen will be one of the panelists on a new "The View"-like daytime chick-panel talk show, debuting in the fall.
Only, whereas the gimmick on "The View" is that the chief chick was long a well-respected journalist, the gag here is that all the panelists -- are moms!
The new, as yet unnamed (send us your suggestions!) talk show is CBS's answer to "What kind of super-special show can we find to replace 'As The World Turns' when we dump it in September, ending its 54-year run?"
When asked if Chen was going to continue to co-anchor CBS's morning infotainment program "The Early Show," and keep her role on CBS's reality series "Big Brother" as Chenbot (fans name for her hosting/exiting interview skills), a CBS rep answered, on both counts: "As far as we know -- we haven't been told anything different."
Like most successful TV shows, this one adheres to the One of This, One of That School of Casting:
The show's creator/producer/co-host Sarah Gilbert -- you know her from "Roseanne" and "Big Bang Theory" -- is the Lesbian Mom.
*Chen -- who got top billing in CBS's announcement Wednesday -- is Married to CBS CEO Mom.
*Leah Remini -- onetime female lead of CBS's "King of Queens" -- is Former CBS Star/Takes Heat for Being Scientologist Mom.
*Holly Robinson Peete -- married to former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete -- is Football Wife Mom.
*Sharon Osbourne -- mother of Ozzy Osbourne's children -- is They Don't Come Much Crazier Old Mom.
*Marissa Jaret Winokur -- best known for her breakout role in the Broadway production of "Hairspray," followed by a mercifully short run on Fox's Pamela-Anderson-works-in-a-bookstore-hardy-har-har sitcom "Stacked" -- is Had Baby Via Surrogate Mom.
Chen is the wife of CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, and they have a baby boy named Charlie, who was born in September.
CBS spokesman Chris Ender told one reporter writing up something on the announcement that Moonves was not involved in the decision to pick up the show; he said the decision was made by Nina Tassler, CBS's entertainment president.
F'realsers? Let's think this through:
Salient Fact 1: Nina Tassler works for Leslie Moonves.
Salient Fact 2: Julie Chen is the wife of Leslie Moonves
Salient Fact 3: Chen is one of the stars of a show that is vying for the timeslot on the network. Chen presumably wants her show to get the timeslot.
Ender said the pilot "stood out" from the timeslot's other contenders. Those other contenders included a talk show featuring Valerie Bertinelli, a "Pyramid" game-show remake hosted by Andy Richter, and a cooking competition hosted by Emeril Lagasse.
Where I come from, that "stood out" remark falls under "damning with faint praise."
Lisa de Moraes
July 21, 2010; 7:24 PM ET
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