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It’s a little less, well, talk and a little more action for daytime talk shows supporting the writers’ strike. After Drew Barrymore decided to pause her talk show until the end of the strike after a week of criticism and apologies, two other talk shows are now on hold. The Jennifer Hudson Show and The Talk were both scheduled to premiere today and had gone into production without their WGA writers, but are now postponing their premieres. CBS, which produces The Talk (and distributes The Drew Barrymore Show), said in a statement to multiple networks that it “will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date.” One daytime show that has returned while supporting the writers’ strike is The Sherri Shepard Show. On her first day on the air, Shepherd explained that her show had never employed WGA writers and was under a different SAG-AFTRA contract than those currently on strike. As for other talk shows with WGA writers, “The View” premiered a new season earlier this month and has yet to respond. The Kelly Clarkson Show, meanwhile, has not announced plans for a season premiere. Bill Maher is in full swing with his show – but you expected that, right?
This post has been updated.