The Drew Barrymore TV show launched Monday 9/14/2020 — yes, a new show launching during the pandemic, yay! — and she virtually and not-so-virtually had her former Charlie’s Angels Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz on, as well as a video message 50 First Dates style from the sandman Adam Sandler.
The hour long daytime talk show airs daily and you can figure out “where to watch” by clicking a link on Drew’s official website (https://www.thedrewbarrymoreshow.com/).
Based on her own experience in a ton of interviews, she promises no “mundane questions.”
“People are looking to have a different conversation. I think they are looking to if they are putting themselves out there, I assume, to reveal things about them that are not commonly known,” she says of her guests. “I think it is really weird when people choose to do a profession but you can’t know anything about me. It’s like, well, you took the wrong job, it is fair game. Most people want to present their heart and humor, the same thing on this show.”Drew Barrymore on What to Expect From Her New Talk Show (Exclusive) | Entertainment Tonight
Is this a shot across the bow to Ellen Degeneres, the queen of daytime TV talk that has been under fire for having an alleged behind the scenes toxic work environment? Or is this just a friendly show description?
Neither of us are big on daytime talk shows. I’ve never watched even one full episode of Ellen — ever, but have watched some of her interviews over the years. She has a comfortable interview style that seems to put her guests at ease and it’s softball stuff. Definitely not the kind of hard-hitting, under the covers Howard Stern interview style (love many of Howard’s interviews!). Not sure how Barrymore will do, but will probably check out some of what she’s up to. I’m a fan of Barrymore and would like to see her succeed, if her show doesn’t suck, it just might.
Marketing a new show in 2020
What is curious about Barrymore’s show from a marketing and distribution standpoint — CBS, looking at you — is why it’s not on CBS All Access? Or is it, and I’m just not finding it?
This is bizarre in 2020. Especially considering CBS is trying to expand CBS All Access and make it a more major player in the streaming market (see: CBS All Access Working on Greatly Expanded Library For Release in 2021). Maybe Drew’s show, if it takes off, will be part of this expansion in 2021(?)
Instead, it seems, to watch the show right now, today, launch week, we’ll forced to watch on live TV? That’s not likely to happen often in our household anyway, even though we can watch via Locast (see: How do you access streaming channels on your TV in July 2020?). This is 2020, why didn’t Drew and CBS take care of the cord cutting streamer audience?
Maybe they’ll eventually go with a schedule like The Talk does and have live episodes on traditional TV and archived episodes on streaming (CBS All Access). There is an official Drew Barrymore YouTube channel to subscribe to (21k+ subscribers as of this writing) that already shares clips from the first show, so this might be the way they’re going to roll for awhile. Full show on live TV (and the commercial love), clips on their official YouTube channel and no archival full episodes on streaming.
For those who watched the debut episode of The Drew Barrymore Show: did you enjoy it? Will you be tuning in regularly? Watch a few episodes here and there? Rather see Drew in movies and don’t care? Your perspective is welcome in the comments below.
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