As controversy abounds over Drew Barrymore’s decision to resume her talk show amid the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, two more daytime series are set to return to our screens this month.
According to Variety, The Jennifer Hudson Show is resuming production this week and will return on Monday, September 18. The talk show is covered by the WGA, but Variety sources say the season will begin without writers, though it intends to resume WGA writers once a new contract is in place.
In addition, CBS daytime panel series The Talk is also looking at September 18 as its return date. The show, which is hosted by Jerry O’Connell, Amanda Kloots, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Natalie Morales, and Sheryl Underwood, shut down production back in May shortly after the strikes began. It’s unclear if all the co-hosts will be back; O’Connell has shared several photos from the picket lines on social media.
What we do know is that The Talk will have a new showrunner, as Rob Crabbe, formerly of The Late Late Show With James Corden, was brought in to replace Kristin Matthews back in June.
The news comes as Barrymore’s daytime talk show resumed filming without writers this week. The actress’s decision was met with backlash from both fans and the WGA, though SAG-AFTRA defended her choice.
“It is our policy to welcome everyone to our show tapings,” a spokesperson for the show told Variety. “Due to heightened security concerns today, we regret that two audience members were not permitted to attend or were not allowed access. Drew was completely unaware of the incident and we are in the process of reaching out to the affected audience members to offer them new tickets.”