'The Talk' reboots without two of its original co-hosts - but is it better?

The last time I checked in with "The Talk," it was like showing up during the closing moments of a wedding reception that's gone off the rails -- the bride and groom are drunk, the flower girl has thrown up behind the buffet table and the guests have started an impromptu cake fight. With wild monkey co-host Leah Remini cackling and chattering hysterically on every episode, the tone of the show was set firmly at "hormonal breakdown" on a daily basis as Remini's co-hosts battled to get a word in edgewise and Julie Chen looked on with an expression of mild distaste. It was a car accident, but one that was easy to look away from. 

This season, however, "The Talk" has cleaned house and started over. Remini is gone, as is Holly Robinson Peete. We'll never know if Peete might have found her footing on the show with Remini gone. It's really too bad, as she sometimes did have salient points to make and a quiet, wry wit that often got lost in the shuffle. In any case, the show is down to Sarah Gilbert, Chen and Sharon Osbourne with a rotating cast of guest hosts. While the reason for rotating guest hosts is ostensibly Osbourne's desire to spend more time with her husband (someone probably should keep an eye on Ozzy), I'm guessing producers are feeling a little gun shy about making a full commitment to anyone as a permanent co-host. I mean, at one point Remini didn't look completely batcrap crazy.  Read More...


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