‘Drew Barrymore Show’ co-host Ross Mathews now lives on LI

Actor-producer Drew Barrymore’s syndicated daytime talk show returns for Season 3 on Monday with a newly flexible format and a former co-host who’s a new Long Islander.

“The Drew Barrymore Show” is now available to stations as “two half-hour episodes that can work together seamlessly or be separated to air separately,” producer-distributor CBS Media Ventures announced. earlier this year. Locally, WCBS/2 opens the season with Episode 1 Monday at 9:30 a.m., while WLNY/55 opens with Episodes 1 and 2 early Tuesday at 3 and 3:30 a.m.

The season opener is actor Justin Long, a star of the new horror film “Barbarian” and Barrymore’s ex-boyfriend. The next day’s show moves away from singer Katy Perry’s Las Vegas residency, “Play.” The next two days feature, respectively, actress Selma Blair and her new memoir; and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter, writer and activist Chelsea Clinton. , discussing their new Apple TV+ documentary series “Gutsy, spotlighting influential women.

The final show of the week features a new segment, “Drewber,” in which Barrymore drives a van around New York while conversing with the day’s guests, starting with actor Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina.

Barrymore co-host, comedian and television personality Ross Mathews returns as a new Long Islander after moving here from Los Angeles following his May marriage to Wellinthon García, a Long Island educator.

“When we were making our home, you know, it was, like, Long Island, right!” Mathews, who turns 43 later this month, told Newsday TV’s Elisa DiStefano. “I didn’t know anything. And now I take the LIRR every day and I walk from Penn Station and I come here and every weekend we explore Long Island,” he said, adding, “I like how different the North Shore is from the South Shore: You leave from the beautiful sandy beaches [that make] it feels like Florida, down to the North Shore [where] you feel like you are in New England. … And we can talk about food!

One of Long Island’s stand-up comedy deans, 60-year-old Joey Kola (né Kohler), who grew up on the Bay Shore and lives in Bellmore, is also back to warm up the audience.

Other guests scheduled for this season include George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, Tyler Perry, Serena Williams, Nick Kroll, Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Jon Hamm, Hilary Swank, Naomi Watts and Constance Wu.

With Elisa DiStefano

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