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15 February 22nd, 2016 The Soap Opera That Is ABC’S Talker THE VIEW To Have Book Written On Behind The Scenes Drama!


If you couldn’t get enough scandal on-screen and in the tabloids on The View over the last 19 seasons, now the backstage drama will be the subject of  a book written by Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh.

Ramin has covered the ABC morning talk show for years, and the book is scheduled for release in 2017 from publisher Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press.

Setodeh’s book is said to be focusing on the behind-the-scenes relationships — and drama — at the show that Barbara Walters launched in 1997 with the goal of providing a forum for strong women to express their different points of view.

In exclusive interviews with co-hosts, producers and key staff, Setoodeh will pull back the curtain on the show’s history-making creation, water-cooler moments and attempts at reinvention following Walters’ retirement two years ago. The story of The View will unfold against a broader backdrop of fundamental shifts in the talk show world in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s 2011 exit.

The author and journalist commented: “The View is a groundbreaking TV show that deserves its own book. I’ve watched the show growing up, and covered it for years as a journalist at Newsweek and Variety.”

So, what do you think about a non-fiction book on the story of The View? Do you think it will make for juicy and soapy reading? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Linda says:

    How much do you wanna bet ABC/D buys the rights to this book and turns it into, ahem, a soap? Still waiting for them to apologize to us for canceling AMC & OLTL!


  2. jaybird369 says:

    Fireworks, anyone?????


  3. Melissa says:

    Never really watched the view unless forced to in doctor’s waiting rooms. Still, expect it to be super juicy so will probably at least check out a copy from the local library. Not interested enough to spend my own money on it!


  4. I love gh says:

    How mysogynistic can this be? Is there a tell-all of behind the scenes action at 60 minutes? World News Tonight? 20/20? This just perpetuates stereotypes of catfighting and female drama because it’s an all-female workplace. Every work place on the planet has some element of drama because humans are a part of it.

    I find this ridiculous.


    Melissa replied

    Sorry but The View does NOT belong in the same journalistic category as those shows you mention. It’s basically celebrity pablum and ABC promotional crossovers.


    I love gh replied

    True, Melissa. It is a talk show and not a news show.

    CeeCee replied

    Right on, Melissa. The comparison, in itself, is insulting to journalists, reporters, in general. THE VIEW’s cast/panel is so diverse, it does not fall into ‘that’ same category, as you say.
    It makes no difference if the matriarch, Barbara Walters, is a journalist herself….and others who may ‘come in’. The fact remains, the premise was not intended as a ‘news’ program, as it were.
    Needless to say, I’m with you. I will not invest in THE BOOK…..just not interested enough!

  5. Mary SF says:

    I’ll wait for the made for TV movie based on the book to come out– LOL


  6. su0000 says:

    ABC it trying to save its’ daytime TV..
    All daytime is struggling and they will use every plot/ploy to keep it alive.
    ” Crossovers, scandals whatever can keep people tuning in..

    Daytime TV is for the live viewers… and they are quickly fading away..
    I doubt many would DVR/record the Price is Right..
    One thing the soaps have going for them, they are watched during the evening by recording, by network, by on demand etc….

    Invision who are home to watch daytime TV, live… they will not be able to save daytime but there are always new retirees, but would they watch? nawww lol
    Perhaps a book about loud annoying women will help daytime, dunno..


    clh replied

    Actually………..I record the Price is Right. Watch it at night after work. Love Drew and am a game show fanatic.


  7. Jamesj75 says:

    One question posed here is as follows: “Do you think it will make for juicy and soapy reading?”

    Throughout soap history, the successful ones featured one (maybe two) villains within a large cast, sometimes written in such a way that their motives can be understood, thus perhaps maintaining rooting value.

    Over the years, The View has had quite a few villains on a recurring slate of four hosts, and these particular women have no rooting value.

    A successful soap typically features a villain that the viewer loves to hate. The View typically features one or more villains that the viewer simply hates…


  8. Tomas Torquemada says:

    Well it started out as a forum for strong, smart women. And then it was one very dim bulb after another. Yet another sad example of Daytime underestimating the intelligence of its viewers.


  9. Toure Cannon says:

    “NOT INTERESTED AT ALL!” And , IMO it probably won’t sell that many copies anyways! I use to watch this show to a T , but now I don’t since that rat-ass wretched Disney ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL and f’”‘ked up their daytime lineup! All the view is just a complaining menopause fest of raging out of control hormones of buckets of stale drama! As the previous comment above , I agree that they…ABC needs to apologize to us for axing our soaps. I am a boycotter of all things Disney ABC 23/7., except for 1hr of General Hospital only until they fix the daytime lineup again by returning the soaps. Other than that…BYE BYE ABC!!! NO SOAPS…NO ABC!


  10. Nikki says:

    In short “NO”. Who cares enough to buy the book?


  11. Jason W says:

    Star Jones already wrote “satan sister” and that book is being turned into a VH1 tv show, so we don’t need ANOTHER book on the view…


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