Even Christie Brinkley wears Spanx.
That's the most illuminating thing I got from "The Talk." Brinkley was the first guest on the premiere episode on the CBS afternoon talk show. Geared toward moms, it's hosted by Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne. Marissa Jaret Winkour was on there too, but it seems like she's going to be a roving correspondent.
I could give you the recap, but that's not what you want to know. You want to know if it is just a "View" rip-off. Kinda. It's hosted by women.
Other than that, it's not like "The View" because it's toothless, deliberately, I think. Because, you know, it's just about being a mom.
That's kind of the problem. The hosts of "The View" are moms, too. But they are moms who don't want to sit around and just talk about their kids all day. I'll admit I fall into that mom group too. Also, I hate mom groups, the inspiration for the show. So "The Talk" was thin for me.
Where it was like "The View" was in the interview segment with Brinkley. You know how on "The View" the interviews can take these weird directions because people start talking over one another? On "The Talk," Chen was ever so gently asking Brinkley about her last nasty divorce and how she asked everyone to Google 'divorcing a narcissist.' Christie pointed out that she hasn't talked about the divorce and she's moved beyond that, but would say that she wished the courts would catch up with the way things are now. I think she was going to launch into a fairly interesting point about how people can abuse the court system, but Sharon Osbourne jumped in and said how they need to change the laws on cyberbullying too, and how her daughter Kelly had been a victim of that. (Speaking of narcissism....).
So far, Remini and Osbourne are the most entertaining; I think Remini already had to be bleeped. And you know, there are mom topics that have edge; Lord knows Sharon Osbourne, who has had two kids with drug problems, can attest to that.
But after one episode, 'The Talk" strikes me as trying to be too nice to go there. That would be a shame.