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'The Real' Picked Up By FOX For Fall 2014 Nationwide Debut + Second Run On BET

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 31, 2013 3:41 PM
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A second new talk-show hosted by a panel of women went up against ASPiRE's Exhale this summer, during a 4-week test run on a select few FOX stations.

Apparently, it was a successful test, because the talk-show has been picked up, getting a nationwide booking, and will begin airing on FOX TV stations, starting in the fall of 2014 - joining an already crowded day-time talk-show circuit on network television. 

Hosted by Tamera Mowry-HousleyTamar BraxtonLoni LoveAdrienne Bailon, and Jeannie Mai, the new talk-show, titled The Real, will also air on BET, in a secondary window - a similar arrangement as with The Wendy Williams Show.

"The Real” is led by five bold, diverse and outspoken hosts [...] These women reflect the home audience and unapologetically say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through their candid conversations about topics ranging from their own personal lives to the news of the day to beauty, fashion and relationships.

You'll recall that ASPiRE, the new television network from Magic Johnson Enterprises, greenlit its first talk show - Exhale - earlier this year, with Angela Burt-MurrayErin Jackson, Issa RaeMalinda Williams and Rene Syler all hosting, and gave it a summer test run as well.

And just like Exhale, FOX's new entry into the talk show space has also been compared to existing all-female-hosted talk shows like The View, and others.

As I noted, the day-time TV talk-show space is already crowded enough; surely, every single on of the existing (and upcoming new) shows can't all survive.

And I should mention that a good number of those shows are hosted (solely, or co-hosted) by black public personalities.

Here's a clip from the final episode of The Real, at the end of its summer test run:

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  • Amari | October 31, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    I personally liked the show, though I just see them as an extension of what Wendy Williams covers more so than starting their own trend. For example, I wouldn't look at them and think good political conversation, all they have to offer is gossip, style tips and an odd segment here and there. Still, it is nice to see a show with solely women of color on network TV since ASPiRE is on cable, much less I think the more expensive package.

  • Bohemian princess | October 31, 2013 6:29 PMReply

    I am glad to hear The Real was picked up. I'll be honest when I first heard about this show I did a major eye roll because it sounded like a terrible idea but I ended up watching on a whim and I'm actually quite glad I did. It's like The View only younger, fresher, and hipper. Not to mention the women have great chemistry. In comparison I also checked out that Kris Kardashian show during its test run as well and it was a major snoozefest. Congrats ladies!

  • Alias | October 31, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    This renewal REALLY bums me out. Aside from actress Mowry, I have no idea who the rest of these clowns are and why they garner a national soapbox. There's nothing proprietary about any of these cluckfests. "The View" is just barely still above the fray in this space, but it's on its last legs, having fired Elizabeth, instead of Sherry who adds nothing to the conversation and doesn't know a thing about current events or politics; hiring McCarthy, who is an imbicile, and not finding an adequate replacement for Joy.

    Meh, meh, and more Meh.

  • Troy | October 31, 2013 7:24 PM

    So your political views aligned with Elizabeth Hassleback? If you know Mowry I would think you know Bailon.

  • scripttease | October 31, 2013 6:10 PM

    So have you watched "The Real" or is it just your assumption?

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