CBS Talker to Replace ‘As the World Turns’

CBS will replace departing daytime serial As the World Turns, which debuted on the network in 1956, with a new daytime talk show co-hosted by Early Show/Big Brother personality Julie Chen, Celebrity Apprentice runner-up Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, former King of Queens star Leah Remini, Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and former Roseanne star Sara Gilbert, who developed the hour and also serves as executive producer. 
The six women, who are mothers to children ranging in age from infant to adult, will focus on stories of parenting, everyday life and events in the headlines.  Show segments will include guest interviews with entertainers and newsmakers, live remotes from the field and personal home footage.
Visible at present on reality/competition America’s Got Talent on NBC, Sharon Osbourne is the only one of the co-hosts with experience helming a talker, but self-titled The Sharon Osbourne Show from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution only lasted one season in 2003-04.  Leah Remini, meanwhile, signed a development deal with CBS Television Distribution two years ago to helm her own first-run talk show, and Marissa Jaret Winokur signed with Sony Pictures Television after her stint on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but nothing surfaced.  
“Daytime is an evolving daypart with more variety now among soap operas, game and talk shows,” said Barbara Bloom, svp, Daytime, CBS Entertainment. “We were looking for a new format that would speak to the core audience but also have the topical and entertainment value to go even broader. This panel is not a bashful bunch; they are outspoken on any issue you put on the table.  It promises to be an hour of television with timely discussions, unfiltered opinions and a lot of personality.”
The untitled hour of talk is expected to debut in October, with As the World Turns departing in September.