Drew Barrymore to headline CBS daytime talk show for fall 2020 launch


CBS Television Distribution is moving forward with a syndicated daytime talk show hosted by actress Drew Barrymore, which is on track for a fall 2020 launch.

CBS TV stations, which make up 38% of the United States, have signed on as an anchor station group to launch the new show. This includes flagship products WCBS-TV in New York and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

The pickup comes less than two months after Barrymore shot down a pilot for the potential talker in New York City. This is the first syndicated daytime talk show for CBS TV Distribution in a very long time., It comes at a time when the genre is experiencing a resurgence with a strong launch for NBCU’s Kelly Clarkson talk show and a solid start for Disney’s Tamron Hall talk show. . Like the Drew Barrymore show, both were started by their sister resort groups.

This is the second syndicated daytime talk show announced for fall 2020. It joins one directed by Nick Cannon of Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, which has yet to announce station clearances.

“We are very excited to do business with Drew Barrymore and have our stations serve as a launch group for a show that is the brightest prospect I have seen in many years,” said Peter Dunn, president of CBS TV Stations.

This is the first significant addition in a long time to the daytime programming of CBS stations, which has remained the same for years. Anchored by unionized behemoths Judge Judy and Dr Phil, it also includes long-standing daytime programming from the CBS network of The price is right, let’s make a deal, let’s talk, Love glory and beauty and The young and the restless. While auditing this local news, there is a floating hour left that would likely be used for Drew Barrymore’s speaker. It features various programs subscribed to in different markets, including consecutive episodes of Hot bench in New York and Funny you should ask in Los Angeles.

“Drew is a big star and a breath of fresh air – his show will energize the programming of any station,” said Steve LoCascio, COO and CFO of CBS Global Distribution Group. “We look forward to working with Peter Dunn and CBS Television Stations to launch this premium show in fall 2020.”

Barrymore had long been interested in headlining a daytime speaker. She struck up conversations with Warner Bros. in 2016 for a syndicated talk show, but the project never progressed. From Barrymore’s relationship with the Warner Bros. Alternative / First-Air Syndication Team. TV was born out of his recent stint as a judge on the studio CBS reality show. The best in the world moderated by James Corden.

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show,” Barrymore said. “I am truly thrilled and honored to create this show with CBS.”

The new show will be produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Drew Barrymore, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell are the executive producers.


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