Monday, May 20, 2024

CBS Cancels “The Talk” — I Told You! — in December, Black Soap Opera Will Likely Replace It


I told you a month ago or more that CBS was going to cancel “The Talk.”

And so they have, in December 2024 “The Talk” will wrap. In January, if it’s ready, the black soap opera “The Gates” will replace it.

“The Talk” was created by former CBS chief Les Moonves for his wife, Julie Chen. The original hosts included Leah Remini and Holly Peete Robinson, as well as SHaron Osbourne.

But infighting killed that group, with Chen blamed for a lot of the turmoil. She was forced out when Moonves was ousted from CBS, leaving a constant Ferris wheel of hosts. It’s only recently CBS settled Jerry O’Connell and Natalie Morales as the leaders of a rag tag gang.

In creating “The Talk,” Moonves junked two 50 year old soap operas, “As he World Turns” and “Guiding Light.” Fans were enraged. “The Talk” never equaled the soaps in ratings. And now it’s being replaced by a…soap! LOL.

The really ironic twist would be Holly Robinson Peete landed a role on “The Gates.”

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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