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A low-key 'Talk' premieres on CBS

"The Talk" (also known as the mom-centric "View") debuted Monday afternoon -- and opposed to the blow-ups on "The View" last week, the hour with Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur seemed...well, quite tame.

The group discussed everything from kids, kids that don't behave, husbands that don't help with the kids, what happens when kids get bullied, and the right age when kids should first hear "the sex talk."

But besides many, many euphemisms during the discussion about the sex talk, the women -- and guest Christie Brinkley -- kept things fairly low-key.

"Maybe now that we've been polite and nice, tomorrow we'll be different," Sharon Osbourne said at the very end of the hour.

Here's hoping! Meanwhile, here are our first impressions of the co-hosts:

Julie Chen: Clearly the ringleader of the bunch. Quickly tackled the whole "she's married to the boss" thing, as CBS CEO Les Moonves appeared in a taped message: "I have two reasons why I want this show to work. First is because I love my wife so much. And the second is, if it doesn't work, I'll cancel you."

Sara Gilbert: Given credit early in the hour for coming up with the idea of the show, she appeared to be a little terrified of her co-hosts. Very timid, sat quietly for much of the hour.

Sharon Osbourne: Clearly holding back, the reality TV staple didn't go so out of control, though she was shown in a clip during a group promo interview on "The Early Show" asking co-anchor Harry Smith, "You have to pick one of us to be intimate with. Which one?"

Holly Robinson Peete: Seems especially eager to overshare, especially about anything involving her kids and family, including how she slept at a hotel the night before the show's premiere because her husband (NFL player Rodney Peete) kept her up while he watched all his DVR'd shows ("48 Hours," "Mad Men," his buddy Kurt Warner on "Dancing With the Stars.").

Leah Remini: Looks like she wants to stir things up, and badly. Tends to shout a lot. Says that while she used to blame the writers if she was perceived badly on her old show, "KIng of Queens. Now it's different: "If people hate me, they hate ME."

Marissa Jaret Winokur: Over-the-top bubbly, though she didn't get much screen time until the very last segment, where she went around asking sex therapists and random people in parking lots about their views on talking to kids about sex.

Here's Moonves's message to "The Talk" co-hosts (courtesy Mediaite.com):

-- Posted by Emily Yahr

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 18, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
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