The hosts of the Warner Bros TV Distribution/Telepictures’ daytime syndie series The Real were out to make a point that their girl talk show is completely different from ABC’s The View, simply because it’s, well — real — as they emphasized continually throughout their TCA panel. From the sizzle reel for the show, it looks like The Real isn’t that far The View, i.e. Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger guest stars and advises that the best place to meet a single guy is in… a steak house. However, Team Real’s argument is that they’re talking about topics impacting young women — i.e. having a baby, looking for Mr. Right — vs. The View‘s chatter about current headlines.
“What’s fake about it? That’s the point, there’s nothing fake about it,” declared co-host Adrienne Bailon, to which executive producer SallyAnn Salsano said, “If one of the hosts is being P.C., another one will call them out on it.”
Another difference with The Real as pointed out by host comedian Loni Love, “We represent everybody,” referring to the multi-ethnic panel that includes Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry Housley, Jeannie Mai and Bailon. Salsano selected the hosts from a pool of 100 females. “Most talk shows cast their hosts like Garinmals: The mom, the funny one, the single one. …We want to have a good show and I knew I had the best group of ladies when I put the five of them together and it wasn’t work anymore,” said the EP.
However, what happens when the topics get too real on The Real? Typically when a glossy femme talk show digs into serious topics, i.e. The Tyra Banks Show, the show’s tone and studio audience turn somber, leaking out the cheery steam viewers associate with a daytime brand. Salsano, co-creator of Jersey Shore, expounded on her view with Real: “With all topics, I believe there’s a sense of humor. We’ve had tears and we’ve had laughter on the show. We’ve tackled topics like ‘I’m in a trough in my life and I can’t walk’. There was a girl in my office who told me about something serious. She was in tears. Then, 10 minutes later, we made a joke out of it. I think that’s how America deals with life. You can cry about it all day, but at the end of the day, let’s put a bow on it and some spit shine.”
The Real airs beginning September 15 in national syndication with a special rebroadcast on BET.