Drew Barrymore could get her own talkshow, will she do a decent job?

Drew Barrymore is reportedly in negotiations to get her own talkshow, executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres. When I think of talkshows, I think of how crowded the market it and how even pros like Anderson Cooper couldn’t keep a show on the air. I also think of hacks like Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, and Bethenny Frankel, all of whom have had failed talkshows in the past few years. So maybe in comparison Drew’s show will be ok, but I don’t have high hopes. Variety had this news:

There are rumblings that [Drew Barrymore] has been discussing a talk show development deal with Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production banner.

Barrymore is already in business with Warner Bros. TV’s Shed Media as the narrator of the upcoming NBC unscripted series “First Dates,” also from DeGeneres’ shingle. That show trains cameras on couples who are going on first dates at the same Chicago restaurant.

Sources emphasized that there’s no deal in place for Barrymore on the talk show front yet, but the conversations have been ongoing. If a deal were to come to fruition, DeGeneres would be an exec producer…

Barrymore has become more active as a producer in television in recent years. She’s an exec producer of the Esquire series “Knife Fight” and was an EP on VH1’s “Tough Love.” Barrymore and WB have also been discussing a development deal for her as a producer.

On the acting front, Barrymore is gearing up for a starring role in Netflix’s upcoming comedy “Santa Clarita Diet,” in which she’ll star opposite Timothy Olyphant. She’s also an exec producer on the series.

[From Variety]

Have you guys ever seen that Esquire show Knife Fight she produces? It’s like hipster Iron Chef where they make the food at a cool restaurant in a party setting. It sounds like Drew is busy and that she’s executive producing a lot of shows, which is smart. I don’t think she’s quite the type to host a talk show though. She’s got that touchy feely earth girl personality which can be cloying in large doses. Drew is “real” and comes across like a very warm person, but I just don’t see her talk show being all that successful. We’ll see though, she’s definitely got name recognition and I’m sure she can pull a lot of big celebrities. Plus she likes to drink her wine, so she’s like Hoda and Kathy Lee that way. I’m sure the drinks will be flowing.




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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I like Drew and I root for her, but I don’t know about this. I think talk shows are a dying breed. I never watch them unless I’m sick and just want to stare at the tv without thinking. There are so many of them. I’m not sure what she would bring that’s new or fresh.

    • tracking says:

      +1 The only one I (very occasionally) watch is Ellen, but her background in comedy is what makes it entertaining.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. I don’t think she’d be worse than anyone else (ahem, Fallon), but like you said I’m not sure how she could come up with anything compelling enough to get people to tune in and stay tuned.

      I like her, though, always have.

    • almondmilk says:

      Drew is too sweet and cloying, and if that weren’t boring enough- no one wants to see Hollywood celebrities schmooze and act like fake besties to sell crap. It didn’t work when the vile Chelsea Handler did it, and it won’t work for Drew. I thought her exec producing and directing career were chugging along fine… Why have a stupid talk show? Unless it’s just to brand more junk to sell to an unwitting public.

      Lately it seems actors and other celebs are trying to compete with the Kardashians and other reality stars (the jsimps, and Lauren conrads) and have these little money making ‘empires.’ like them – you know, watch my show mon – fri, see my movie, buy my clothes at kohls, buy my perfume and makeup and don’t forget to download my app from Google play…and buy my workout line and my furniture on qvc!

      Ugh. It’s all so obvious. But I guess someone like a Kate Hudson sees roles drying up and she’s not gonna stand for somebody like a teenage Kylie Jenner dwarfing her bank acct.

      So now Kate’s a yoga Pilates outfit designer posing up a storm on a mountain- lookout lulemon or whatever. Lol I don’t know… When I think yoga I don’t think Kate hudson. But whatever good luck to her.

  2. lisa2 says:

    NO.. I don’t see this being successful. I don’t think Drew’s Appeal is as wide ranged as it use to be. Talk Shows are dying.. Ellen is successful because she has tapped a certain niche. Wendy Williams has a market on another.. I just don’t think Drew is edgy enough or current enough to pull either of these kinds of audiences. And her speaking voice and phrasing would be irritating on a daily basis.

  3. MrsBPitt says:

    I like Drew…but, I hate talk shows! They are usually mind-numbingly boring! Plus, Drew has a sweet personality, but I think a little of it, would go a long way, and get pretty annoying after awhile.

  4. Alix says:

    Drew is probably a lovely woman, but I’m not the least bit interested in anything she has to say, really. Bad idea.

  5. Barrett says:

    Noooooo! It’s funny she flashed Letterman in her hey day and now she goes for the everyday mom genre. What?

  6. Jayna says:

    There’s a graveyard filled with canceled talk shows. That should give her a hint how this is going to turn out.

  7. Flowerchild says:

    Yah No Drew no. She might be better as a guest host on a talk show, but not her own show.

  8. Suzanne says:

    As a guest on a talk show she has difficulty getting her answers out….so I don’t imagine she would be very good at hosting/asking the questions. I have always liked her…but she doesn’t strike me as talk show host material.

  9. Patricia says:

    I’m a huge fan of Drew. She touches my heart, her acting since childhood has been really special. I have a very warm feeling for her that I don’t think I have for any other celebrity.
    But even I would not watch a talk show with her :( . I’d rather see her act in something. Talk shows suck in general, and I think Drew is way to sweet and laid back to make it work.

  10. lisa says:

    when she was on TCM, she was wildly inarticulate. those clips are short and hers were heavily edited to try to force some sort of coherence. just no.

  11. QQ says:

    No, Her interview persona/ or public persona whatever is much too grating for this to work, I mean she could pull legitimate hollywood people to a Talk show space but if she does her Wondrous Manic Pixie Dream sh*t that is gonna wear Thin fast

  12. MarcelMarcel says:

    I love this idea and think it could work if she tapped into the middle class hippie demographic and did YouTube segments (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a successful example of an active YouTube presence imo even though his show isn’t in the talk show genre). I think she’s bubbly and warm so I enjoy her public persona although I can see why other people might find it to be a bit too much.