The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood will appear as a guest on The Young and the Restless on February 10. TV Guide’s Michael Logan caught up with the talk show host and asked about her love for soaps and her upcoming Y&R debut.
TV Guide Magazine: How far back do you go with Y&R?
Underwood: Waaay back, baby. Back to when David Hasselhoff was Snapper and Mrs. Chancellor was the baddest bitch on TV. She was doing fight scenes long before Alexis and Crystal on Dynasty. Oooh! Remember when John fell in love with Mamie, his black housekeeper, but it was too scandalous so she was given a million dollars and sent away on an ocean cruise? Remember when Drucilla was doped up on cough medicine and Malcolm had sex with her? Love! This! Show! I love The Bold and the Beautiful. I love John McCook. I love Susan Flannery. I love everybody on every soap. I love SoapNet. I'm a fanatic!
The ladies of The Talk and The View better take cover. Soap veteran Nancy Lee Grahn, along with comics Mo Gaffney and Morgan Walsh, are gearing up for Back Talk. It is a brand new web series for The Upright Citizens Brigade's online comedy channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will take aim at the backstage shenanigans on chatfests like The Talk and The View. Gaffney stated:
It’s everything you’ve always wanted to see behind the scenes at a women’s talk show … except the topless parts.
Back Talk begins shooting in March and is slated to debut in May on UCBcomedy.com.
It looks like The Talk will be moving in on the home turf The View. CBS announced Dec 8 that Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler will be taping a week of holiday-themed episodes live in New York City, December 12-16.
Planned guests include real estate mogul Donald Trump, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, upcoming This Morning anchor Gayle King, Blue Blood’s Donnie Wahlberg, Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall and Samuel L Jackson, among others.
Planned segments include Sharon Osborne being transformed into a Broadway version of Marry Poppins. Julie Chen will reveal her “Top Chen” list of holiday gift items. Sheryl Underwood will hit the streets in “Sheryl Takes It To The Streets.”
If you’re in NYC and want to land some loot, the show will also be giving away “thousands of dollars in take-home gifts.”
Has The Talk strayed from the concept that inspired it? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, ousted co-host Holly Robinson Peete looks back on her time at the CBS talk show, the dismissals of herself and Leah Remini and the dismantling of The Talk’s original concept.
“I feel bad for [Sara], because I think about her original concept for the show. I don’t know where that is now,” she says. “I mean the two ladies they brought on are fantastic and great TV personalities, but they’re not moms. So, I guess they abandoned the whole mom brand. That was Sara’s initial concept. I haven’t really spoken to her much since, so I don’t know what she thinks about that concept being dismantled.”
Deadline is reporting funny gal Aisha Tyler has been added to The Talk as a regular co-host. According to the site, Tyler, who was a guest host on the show previously, begins today on the CBS chatfest full-time.
As previously reported, ABC had a talker in development for Tyler, but passed on it. Tyler rounds out The Talk's panelists with Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and showrunner Sara Gilbert.