It was revealed at the TCA’s by CBS’s Network President, Nina Tassler, that the Julie Chen talkfest that is replacing As the World Turns is called, ready for it….The Talk. Ah, is that a blatant rip-off…of, oh perhaps, The View?
Then, according to Deadline.com “Tassler faced questions about casting Julie Chen, wife of CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, on the network’s mom daytime panel talk show pilot and especially for CBS’ recent decision to pick up the pilot to series over 3 other candidates. Tassler said it was the the series’ creator/executive producer Sara Gilbert who suggested casting Chen. As for the pickup to series, “I made the decision,” Tassler said. “I don’t think Les is unhappy with it,… but show screened great and tested the best of all the pilots.” Tassler went further after the Q&A session. “The elephant in the room is that Julie is on the show, but she happens to be terrific on the show,” Tassler said. “She shouldn’t be penalized for being married to the CEO.”