Sunday, April 21, 2024

Media Summer’s Common Scandal Denominator: Sara Gilbert — First Roseanne, Now Maybe Julie Chen


Sara Gilbert is so nice and smart. She must wonder what’s going to happen next.

First she sets up the “Roseanne” reboot, it’s going to be a big hit. Then whamm-o, Roseanne tweets something racist about Valerie Jarrett and “Roseanne” goes up in flames.

That’s on ABC.

Over at CBS, Gilbert gets the idea for “The Talk,” a knock off of “The View,” but ok, with different women and her sensibility. Les Moonves adds Julie Chen, his wife, as the moderator, kills off two beloved soap operas, waits through really bad ratings. He also fires two of the original anchors, Holly Peete Robinson and Leah Remini, and drives Sharon Osbourne into a nervous breakdown.

But eventually “The Talk” takes off.

Now Moonves is in serious trouble, which could also mean an exit for Chen– after all, if this Moonves scandal gets worse, will she stay if he leaves? Or can she stay? Not likely. If that happens, Gilbert is out a moderator and a protector. Maybe the new head of CBS will bring back “As the World Turns.” Oy vey.

Gilbert did get “Roseanne” re-started as “The Conners.” What can she do with “The Talk” if Chen leaves? Re-boot that, too? As “The Yak Yak”?

Poor Sara.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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