Why Drew Barrymore’s Upcoming Talk Show Could Be Premiering at the Perfect Time

At times, it might seem like every celebrity under the sun has hosted their own show. However, it takes a very specific kind of star to weather the surprisingly turbulent world of daytime talk shows. To that end, Drew Barrymore makes for a very interesting addition. Moreover, her upcoming talk show hit the airwaves at just the right time.

Drew Barrymore on the red carpet
Drew Barrymore on the red carpet | Liu Guanguan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ is coming debuts in September 2020

Barrymore, of course, has a long history in Hollywood. Part of a famous family of actors, she began as a child actor, getting her big break at age 7 in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. And over the years, Barrymore has maintained a successful career both on film and in television.

Now she’s trying her hand at hosting her own talk show. The Drew Barrymore Show debuts on CBS on Sept. 14, 2020. And given Barrymore’s decades of experience in Hollywood, fans are eager to see how her omnipresence in the industry will come to bear on this new show.

Moreover, Barrymore has gone on a very public personal journey over the years. Yet, despite her issues with substance abuse, she has come out on the other side stronger than ever. And it’s this resilience and positivity Barrymore seems determined to make the focus of her show.

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Right now, the daytime talk show world is primed for a major shift

At any other time, The Drew Barrymore Show might fight an uphill battle. But in some respects, now feels like an ideal moment for a new contender to join the daytime talk show world. For years, Ellen DeGeneres has been arguably the biggest name in daytime TV. However, her reign may be about to end.

Recent allegations about a toxic work environment on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show threaten to derail it entirely. The internet is already abuzz with word DeGeneres may even quit the show. And in the current age of “cancel culture,” it feels inevitable that a change will come sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, Barrymore has already persisted through all kinds of controversy in her career. And she’s seemingly emerged stronger because of it. Since she has been a ubiquitous pop culture presence for decades, Barrymore could emerge to become the heir apparent to DeGeneres’ brand of kind, upbeat talk show energy.

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But will the pandemic stand in the way of long-term talk show success?

Perhaps the biggest obstacle standing in Barrymore’s way is the practical difficulties of making a talk show during a pandemic. The Drew Barrymore Show will launch as a remote production. But with no end in sight just yet for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s unclear how this might affect viewership.

In the meantime, Barrymore has already begun promoting her talk show on social media. One recent highlight has been an mash-up video in which the 45-year-old star interviews her 7-year-old self. Using footage from her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, it has already gone viral. We’ll see if The Drew Barrymore Show lives up to that hype.