CBS has been promoting its new women’s afternoon show, “The Talk,” as a frank, lively conversation among gals who are just like you.
It spent the first actual show Monday visiting many of the ways in which these six women are not like you at all.
They’re TV stars.
Now, either route could work for viewers: embracing the commonality of sisterhood or hanging out watching the stars.
They just don’t always work as a mashup.
Opening day started with a long rollout to Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, Sara Gilbert and Marissa Jaret Winokur taking the stage like rock stars.
Moments later, it was showing homemade video greetings from members of each woman’s family.
The first round of videos did have a certain universal familiarity. They reminded us that even when someone else’s kids are really cute, which these kids were, they are still someone else’s kids. Their adorability holds our interest for a finite period of time even when their mothers are on TV.
The last message, however, did not come from a kid. It came from Leslie Moonves, the president of CBS. Who is Chen’s husband.
Moonves said he hopes the show does well because if it doesn’t, he’ll cancel it.
Cracked Chen, “Two can play that game, baby.”