CBS TV Stations to Anchor 'Drew Barrymore' Launch

Show is targeted to debut fall 2020, assuming it gains national clearance
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The CBS Television Stations have signed on to anchor the fall 2020 launch of CBS Television Distribution’s new daytime talk show starring Drew Barrymore, said Steve LoCascio, chief operating and financial officer of CBS Global Distribution Group on Thursday.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

The CBS Television Stations cover nearly 40% of the country. The show is expected to debut on WCBS New York and KCBS Los Angeles in the country’s top-two markets, but CTD still needs to sell the show in the rest of the country to guarantee its debut next fall. It’s relatively early for most stations to pick up a new show, especially with this year’s rookies just finding their footing.

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“We are very excited to be in business with Drew Barrymore and have our stations serve as the launch group for a show that is the brightest prospect I have seen in many years,” said Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations, in a statement. “We look forward to giving Drew and our colleagues at CBS Television Distribution our full support to help this show strike gold with our audience and advertisers.”

“It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show,” said Barrymore, also in a statement. “I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”

Barrymore previously shot a talk pilot with Warner Bros. in 2016. The studio tried to sell that show for the 2017-18 but had to walk away when it couldn’t find a time slot largely due to NBC renewing Steve Harvey’s Steve. The CBS stations -- unlike NBC and ABC -- did not pick up a major new show this year and as a result, have the ability to make room for Drew next fall.

The new show will be produced and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Barrymore, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell are executive producers. 

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