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Julie Chen relinquishing daily anchor role on "The Early Show" to appear on new CBS daytime talk show

Julie chen CBS plans to launch a new one-hour daily talk show in October to replace the soap opera “As the World Turns,” which ends its 54-year run in September.

Among the program’s six celebrity co-hosts will be a face familiar to CBS viewers: “Big Brother” host Julie Chen, who also co-anchors the network’s morning newscast “The Early Show” and is married to CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves. The news of the pickup was first reported by the website Deadline Hollywood.

Because of her new role on the daytime talk show, Chen will no longer serve as a daily anchor on “The Early Show,” though she will continue to appear on the newscast, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.

The as-yet-untitled show, which resembles the popular ABC gabfest “The View,” will focus on topical entertainment and news stories through the eyes of mothers. Chen and Moonves had a baby boy, Charlie, in September, and she returned from maternity leave in May.

CBS spokesman Chris Ender said Moonves was not involved in the decision to pick up the show, which was decided by Nina Tassler, the network’s entertainment president.

“The pilot definitely stood out, screening and testing very well,” Ender said. “It’s a show with a familiar form but with big personalities and a distinct point of view. It broadens our slate of daytime shows and we think it has the potential to stand out and make some noise.”

The other five panelists will be “Roseanne” actress Sara Gilbert, who is also an executive producer, “21 Jump Street’s” Holly Robinson Peete, “America’s Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne, “The King of Queens” star Leah Remini and Broadway actress Marissa Jaret Winokur.

The talk show beat out three other pilots in contention for the “As The World Turns” slot: a remake of “Pyramid” hosted by Andy Richter, a cooking competition fronted by chef Emeril Lagasse and another talk show featuring Valerie Bertinelli.

-- Matea Gold

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Photo: Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen arrive at the American Theatre Wing's 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York last month. Credit: Reuters

 
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I've always liked Julie Chen, and when I first saw the heading that she will be hosting a new talk show I thought this is great. Julie Chen is so sound, solid and good, but why doesn't CBS use the same format as Oprah's show? In other words, just one host (Julie) and not six co- hosts in addition to Julie. They are making it to complicated. Less is more.

Souns like CBS has a good and solid line-up. But, why is it always all or nothing with these panel shows in the daytime? It's okay to throw a male in the group. It may even provide a little extra perspective on some topics. Just saying.

I am still very angry at CBS for cancelling ATWT's. I have said this before and I will say it again (and now it has been born out by the ratings). While the viewership of soap operas may have dropped off (women working and not being home when their kids are home so the future of future viewers were drying up. I watch them when I am home on my day off and doing my housework, I sometimes watch them online during the day from my computer, etc. Some are good, some are continually horrible (Bold and the Beautiful for instance). However, I will not watch games shows (cheaper to produce). I won't watch them on my day's off, or on my computer. The reality is that daytime viewing is down ... period... there is nothing better than a higher rated soap opera than a low rated afternoon game show. Well I guess there is something better - giving your wife a show to keep her on the west coast with you because you eliminated a soap opera. Yeah right it was selected by a subordinate employee...yeah right. Now that is a soap opera story....


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