Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 – After initially announcing that its daytime show The Talk was coming back on Sept. 18, 2023, CBS backtracked and had to reevaluate its plans. This is because of the backlash The Drew Barrymore Show saw when it decided to move forward with a new season despite the writers strike still not resolved. Well, now the guild and studios have reached a tentative agreement, which means both can get back to work. And that’s good news for fans as The Talk returns with all-new live episodes on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, Deadline shares!
The daytime program airs new episodes weekdays at 2 p.m. ET on CBS. You can also stream installments the next day on Paramount+. All five hosts are coming back for the 14th season, which we’re more than happy about! Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, and Natalie Morales have great onscreen chemistry, and I can’t wait to see them hosting once again.
The network hasn’t shared who the guests are for the first week back yet. But be sure to stay tuned to Hidden Remote as we’ll keep you updated on this page!
The Talk has been dark since May 2023
The series has not premiered new episodes since May 2, 2023 – the date when the Writers Guild of America (WGA) went on strike. Since then, the show has aired reruns to fill the timeslot. In September, CBS shared that it was bringing the program back. However the company quickly changed plans when it saw how much backlash The Drew Barrymore Show faced when announcing to do the same (more on that below).
The Talk‘s writers are part of the WGA and so if they had moved forward, that means the show would have continued on without writers. Or at least ones it employed who are part of the WGA. The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has been on strike since July 14, 2023. While actors are not allowed to film projects or promote old and new ones, those of them who host talk shows, competition series, and the like are allowed to continue to work during the actors strike. That’s because being in those roles has them under a different contract known as the Network Code. So the reason talk shows have been dark since May is because many of them employ writers who are part of the WGA. The actors strike is still in place, but the union is currently in negotiations with studios.
What other talk shows did during the writers strike
The Drew Barrymore Show was the first daytime series to announce it was returning, despite employing WGA writers. However following social media statements from the WGA and other backlash, the host herself announced on Instagram that the program would no longer return to air new episodes while the strike is happening. And now even though other shows have announced their return, CBS has yet to confirm when The Drew Barrymore Show will come back, as of Oct. 3, 2023.
A couple of other daytime series’ initially chose to return in September as well. Those are The Jennifer Hudson Show and Sherri. The former American Idol contestant’s writing staff also fall under WGA, while Sherri has not previously employed WGA writers. But once again, both reversed their decisions as well in September. Now, The Jennifer Hudson Show has returned. There is still no update about Sherri.
Shows like The View and Live with Kelly and Mark have been continuing as normal during the strike. The first does have a few WGA writers and has continued without them, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Live With Kelly and Mark was able to continue to tape new episodes because the show does not employ writers from the guild.
Late-night talk show hosts chose to take a different approach though as their shows were also dark since May. Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver started a podcast, with the proceeds from it going to the out-of-work writers. Now each of the host’s shows have returned since the writers guild and studios reached a tentative agreement.
The Talk premieres new episodes starting Monday, Oct. 9, 2023 on CBS.