Drew Barrymore’s national treasure status is now complete, because the star has just shot the pilot to her very own daytime TV talk show.
If you were asked to ponder your dream dinner party guest list, who’d make the top spot? Oprah Winfrey to share stories of her legendary life? Kate, William, Harry and Meghan to spill the secrets of the Royal Family? Or perhaps Karl Lagerfeld, with his chic cat, Choupette, in tow, to dish all the fashion industry gossip. Because you absolutely know he’d deliver.
One woman who’d almost certainly make an appearance is Drew Barrymore. Not only is she responsible for some of our all-time favourite rom-coms like The Wedding Singer, Never Been Kissed and 50 First Dates (not to mention the stone cold classic Charlie’s Angels, but she’s wonderfully warm, hilariously funny, and, as all the best people are, a little bit weird. Quite simply, she’s best friend material.
Today is major cause for celebration, then, because Barrymore is eyeing up the world of daytime TV.
According to Variety, CBS Television Distribution have identified that Barrymore has just the kind of personality for daytime TV, and have just greenlit a pilot for a potential talk show, which the actress shot this week in New York.
There’s no word yet on what the hourlong show will look like, but Barrymore is now a badass multi-hyphenate, (she produced both Charlie’s Angels movies, and directed Whip It), so is expected to serve as an executive producer through her Flower Films company.
It’s a pretty great time for daytime TV in general right now, with several new shows set to debut in the autumn. Kelly Clarkson is getting her own talk show for NBC Universal this September, where she’ll be chatting current affairs and interviewing celebrity guests. And if Clarkson’s chart hits are your karaoke go-to, you won’t be disappointed either, because the show will also feature snippets of live music from the singer and her backing band.
Meanwhile Today news anchor Tamron Hall will be taking to the small screen once more in a new daytime TV show for Disney/ABC. The programme, Tamron Hall, will explore “the power of sharing your authentic journey” through real conversations with people across America.
Elsewhere YouTube star Lilly Singh is set to make history as the only female host on a major US television network when her late-night NBC talk show launches in September. The show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will reportedly channel the spirit of Singh’s YouTube channel, which means we’ll be in for some side-splitting sketches.
“I’m so excited because I truly get to create a show from scratch. I get to make it inclusive, I get to create comedy segments and interview people — [to] really create something that I believe in,” Singh remarked during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, now a fellow NBC host.
“Huge shoutout to all the women who’ve been before me and are currently in this space because I couldn’t have done it without them paving the way,” Singh continued. “But I do think it’s a little awesome for an Indian-Canadian woman.”
Barrymore, Hall and Singh: our dream dinner party guest list is officially complete.