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Cheers & Jeers: The Talk is Cheap

Jeers to The Talk for filling an hour of daytime TV with not-so-hot air.Want more Cheers & Jeers? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine.CBS' new View wannabe got off to an awkward start, to say the least. Despite Julie Chen's insistence that she and her five — count 'em! — cohosts had "instant chemistry," mostly it just came off as forced merriment....

Bruce Fretts

Jeers to The Talkfor filling an hour of daytime TV with not-so-hot air.
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CBS' new View wannabe got off to an awkward start, to say the least. Despite Julie Chen's insistence that she and her five — count 'em! — cohosts had "instant chemistry," mostly it just came off as forced merriment. The premiere's big "get" — Christie Brinkley's "first interview in years" — didn't produce any news, aside from the revelations that she's anti-Botox and pro-Spanx. A discussion of her messy divorce got diverted by the show's two loudest mouths, Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini, into a random condemnation of cyberbullying.
Even worse was a pointless, silly segment by Marissa Jaret Winokur (who didn't earn a spot at the grown-ups' table for the opener) about when it's okay to talk about sex with your kids. The ensuing conversation culminated in Osbourne bizarrely threatening fellow Celebrity Apprentice vet Holly Robinson Peete: "I'm going to put my foot in your Volvo!" No wonder Sara Gilbert, who originally conceived the show despite her all-too-accurate insistence that "I am so not a talk-show host," looked mortified. Her ex-TV mom Roseanne should've warned her to stay away from daytime chat shows.
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