There will be a change at the helm of daytime panel talk show The Real for its upcoming second season. The show’s creator SallyAnn Salsano will step down from her day-to-day responsibilities as executive producer and showrunner to focus her attention on her production company 495 Productions. She won’t be leaving the talker — hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon — staying on as consultant for Season 2. Search is underway for a new showrunner.
“The Real was an incredible way for me to return to daytime TV and is absolutely one of my favorite shows that I have ever created,” Salsano said in a statement to Deadline. “After ensuring it took off the way I envisioned, I have decided to return for Season 2 as a consultant so that I can focus on my very full development pipeline at 495, I wish there were more hours in a day. I am very grateful to continue to work with the wonderful team at Warner Bros. and Telepictures.”
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Salsano, who started her career in daytime before segueing to primetime reality programming, guided The Real through its development and successful launch — a four-week test on the Fox stations in summer 2013 followed by a national rollout this season. The Real, which was renewed for a second season in February, is tied as the No.1 new strip this season in adults 18-49 (0.5 rating) and ranks as No. 1 in adults 18-34 (0.5) as well as all female demographics F18-34 (0.7), F18-49 (0.8), and F25-54 (0.8 tied). The Real is tied as No.2 among all talk shows this season in 18-34 and has the lowest median age (47).
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