Boston Herald on The Talk: “For This, CBS Canceled As The World Turns?”

Surprising no one with any pop-culture acumen, reviews for the debut of The Talk on CBS have been overwhelmingly negative. The series jumped off with a predictably dull premiere this week, featuring the insipid collaboration of Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Sara Gilbert, Holly Robinson Peete and Sharon Osbourne, and an irrelevant and uninteresting interview with Christie Brinkley. Seriously, who iwaswaiting for an interview with Christie Brinkley?!

The show would have you know it’s "nothing at all like The View" and you know what? We all completely agree. The View is watchable most days, if as nothing else, a televised trainwreck. We’ve already shared what some critics have said, but check out more blistering reviews after the jump: 

The New York Post is not a fan of the "mom" concept:

"Halfway through the debut yesterday of CBS’s "The Talk," I caught myself checking my watch and thinking that maybe a better name for the show would have been "The Shutup!"

I just don’t really get why anyone would care about a group of successful showbiz moms discussing their kiddie trials and tribulations. Only Robinson Peete kept trying to bring up topics that might interest regular Joe moms."

The Washington Post compares it unfavorably to The View:

"Ironic, isn’t it, that the area in which "Talk" most clearly departs from "View" is the one that’s most worth copying: "The View’s" fearless tackling of current controversies and political outrages. "Talk’s" talkers — a slapdash collection of mostly actresses — on Monday stuck mainly to Botox, divorce and female body parts."
The Los Angeles Times also criticizes the concept:
"But the problem with creating a mom-driven talk show that “keeps it real” is that real moms don’t get talk shows.  Celebrity moms get talk shows.

Technically, of course, they are all real mothers, but they experience motherhood in a rather rarified, which is to say rich and famous, my-friend-Jennifer-Lopez (who appears on Tuesday’s show) sort of way."

NPR features the funniest, most detailed evisceration:

"It’s been a while since a network put anything on the air as simultaneously ingratiating and off-putting as CBS’s The Talk. As bad as you might expect a knock-off of The View to be (given how insufferable The View is), The Talk is worse. It’s much, much worse.

Frankly, The Talk…feels like an angry man’s vision of what groups of women friends are like. They chatter, they giggle way too loudly, then one says something and the rest do some version of "Ohhhhhhhh, SNAP!"

It’s truly and regrettably awful, to a degree The View can only dream of."

And The Boston Herald echoes the lamentations of soap fans everywhere in its opening line of criticism:

For this, CBS canceled “As the World Turns’’?

Well said.

21 Responses

  1. Profile photo of josser

    Overnight ratings came out:

    The Monday debut of Sara Gilbert’s new CBS daytime talk show The Talk was watched by at least 2.2 million people and received a 2.1 rating, marking a 24 percent increase over ratings As the World Turns received around the same time last year. (But 8% lower than ATWT most recent ratings.)

    The soap opera had aired during the show’s 2 p.m. timeslot and ended in mid-September after 54 years.

    ATWT fans. Shame on you for watching this crap. Turn the channel to One Life to Live or Days!

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    I knew it! This show flopped big time and I didn’t even watch it! I’m glad to see that the critics shots huge holes into this show that it now looks like moldy swiss cheese (and that’s putting it mildly)! Maybe Les “Asscrap” Moonves will finally realize that he made a monumental mistake yanking ATWT this year. Having read all of the “reviews”, there is no way in sam hell that I’ll be watching this show.

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    I hate this show because it doesn’t relate to me at all. I am 23 years old and have a 4 year old stepdaughter. I work full time and go to college part time. Do ANY of these women have to do all of this and raise their child or children?? NO! I am ashamed of CBS for putting this show on air. They don’t have problems finding babysitters or paying for day care. They don’t have to scrape by from paycheck to paycheck. It is just ridiculous for them to think that they can relate to someone like me. These women are famous and rich. Please tell me how they relate to me as a mother? I can tell you that I am way by far not rich. They don’t have to work extra hours just to make sure that their child has food on the table do they? And I watched some of the episode online (I refuse to put CBS on in my apartment) and they barely even talked about children….

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    This show is faker than Sharon Osbourne’s latest supply of cheekbones. Stick a fork in it, it’s done. These women ALL seem to just be doing it out of a need for a paycheck, but I believe that they can all do MUCH BETTER elsewhere!! Sharon and Leah are both hilarious, but being watered down on some cheesy talk show does NOTHING for them. Leah needs to go back to stand up comedy, Sharon needs to go back to being a housewife, Holly Robinson Peete and Sara Gilbert need to go back to ACTING and Chenbot needs to go back to her various hosting gigs ELSEWHERE!! Besides, the last thing “The Bot” needs is another platform from which to bore me to the point of narcolepsy with her sleep-inducing tone and lack of inflection.

    Seriously, whenever her mouth opens, my eyes CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!! (snoooze!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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    Daniel St. John

    This show is a trainwreck for a lot of reasons but the biggest will always be the women that were chosen for the show. It is amazing that this crap makes the View lok like quality TV but at least the View hit the proper formula for this type of female gabfest.
    A show like this demands that its principles are either well liked apart from the show itself so that audiences already come into it with established good feelings (Whoopi), so personable that audiences are swiftly engaged by their personality (Joy), already respected enough that their opinions are capable of making people listen to what they have to say (Barbara), or really cute (Elizabeth).
    Aside from Holly Robinson and Sharon Osbourne this cast is horrendous.
    Julie Chen is a cold, emotionally hollow android.
    Sara Gilbert is a fine actress but has the personally of an old sock.
    Leah Remini is so obnoxious that she makes you want to kick your TV.
    And then there is the one who is so irrelevant that she barely ever gets mentioned by name when anyone discusses this show.
    Its just ridiculous that anyone could have looked at this thing as a concept and gave it a greenlight because it screamed “MASSIVE FAIL” from its inception.

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    I watched this show with hate actually since I watched ATWT’s for 50 year’s. I thought if it was any good I would continue to watch since there is nothing else on that time of day but it was not good. It was EXTREMELY boring. It truly was like watching these women have coffee in their home’s. I hated it and I am so glad. I hope Julie sink’s like a rock. There is nothing like a bunch of women who never had time to raise their own kid’s give me advice on how to raise mine. Too many women, too many non-opinions just boring. I never miss the View. This show isn’t even a good rip-off of The View. I am glad too. I wanted it to be awful. I wasn’t disappointed. Honestly I would have watched the crappy show if it was good out of boredom but not to be. Yeah! Les Moonves take your wife back home and intoduce her to the nanny and give it up. We don’t need her advice on how to raise kid’s.

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    A long time viewer of ATWT I have stopped watching CBS Daytime now. I used to watch Bold and Beautiful as a lead into ATWT but no more. When ATWT left the network I did too.I now watch and enjoy One Life to Live on ABC. Watching talk shows is like giving the networks the green light and signal to cancel soaps. Great response from the Boston Herald!!!

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    Akash Nikolas

    Has anyone actually watched the premiere? I know most of us don’t want to contribute to its ratings, but you should really check it out online if you can. I watched it just so I could talk about it and it really is horrible. If you’re interested in the best criticism of it, check out the NPR article linked in this post, which is very good and very specific about how the show fails on every single level.

    The Talk is truly one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in Daytime. And that includes that video I once saw early in the morning on the Disney Channel of Raven Symone butchering "Colors of the Wind."

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    Yeah, I watched it and I didn’t like at all, at least Barbara Walters nailed this formula with the View, but the show is totally unrelatable especially if they want younger people like me to watch.

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    I said I wasn’t going to watch this show, but I did. I watched Monday and today. The interview with Christie Brinkley was just horrible. I mean that woman has nothing what so ever to say that interests me. Exercising while brushing her teeth, how sweet.

    I tuned in today, I thought perhaps Jennifer Lopez might add some interest. Well I really didn’t care who had stretch marks and who didn’t. Just for the record, I had twins with my second pregnancy and I didn’t have stretch marks from either. Now aren’t you all glad I shared that? Well that is about how I felt trying to watch the show today, most of it I just tuned out.

    This show is a dismal failure in my little booklet, and there is no need for me to tune again and torture myself. I would like to see them cancled after the first week.

    I hope Moonves has cheese on his face, from ear to ear. And Les, if you are reading anything anyone is writing, quit foisting your wife on us, we have had enough!!

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    Jamey Giddens

    Don’t watch The Talk, but PLEASE do not boycott Y&R and B&B because of it CBS doesn’t own those soaps. Boycotting them doesn’t hurt CBS. They WANT out of the soaps. If Y&R and B&B slip, they will simply say:

    "See, soaps are dead, lets cancel the other two and put a 30-minute version of The Gong Show starring Charro in B&B’s slot and a spinoff of The Talk called "Talkin’ Toonsies" in for Y&R."

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