Brad Bessey, executive producer of CBS TV Distribution’s Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider, also is taking the reins of the mothership series, adding executive producer duties for ET. ET‘s current executive producer DJ Petroro, who had been groomed to take over from long-time ET and The Insider executive producer Linda Bell Blue, is departing. Bell Blue is transitioning into a new role as president of ET Studios in May. Also as part of the reshuffling, Monique Chenault joins The Insider as co-executive producer. Linda Fuller continues with ET as an Executive Producer. “After more than 15 years in the ET-Insider family, Brad knows ET inside and out and is the perfect person to continue to grow the brand and keep the show on top,” Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of creative affairs for CBS TV Distribution said.
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Former Good Morning America executive producer Susan Winston will be taking over CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk as executive producer. She will replace Brad Bessey, who recently announced he will be leaving the talk show after the end of its freshman season but will assist with the transition. In addition to Winston, Sara Gilbert, who developed The Talk, also serves as an executive producer along with John Redmann.
The Talk, the first network daytime talk show to successfully premiere in nearly 10 years, has already been renewed for next season. Hosted by Julie Chen, Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, it has averaged an OK 2.18 million viewers, a 1.0/6 rating in women 25-54 and 0.8/5 in women 18-49. Since 2009, Winston, has been executive producer of the AMC talk show In the House With Peter Bart and Peter Guber. Under her own banner, she created and executive produced network, cable, syndicated, and web-based projects including daily daytime talk show The Other Half. She also has served as executive producer of CBS Morning News, the syndicated Jury Duty and TLC’s Untold Stories of the ER.
EXCLUSIVE: The Talk executive producer Brad Bessey will be leaving CBS’ talk show after the end of its freshman season. Bessey had notified CBS of his plans earlier this month and shared the news with The Talk co-hosts today. Bessey launched The Talk, the first network daytime talk show to successfully premiere in nearly 10 years. Since its October debut, the show, hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini, has averaged an O.K. 2.21 million viewers, a 1.0/6 rating in women 25-54 and 0.8/5 in women 18-49. Because The Talk is owned by CBS, it is already more profitable for the network than the soap it replaced, As the World Turns. It has also started to sell internationally.
Meanwhile, Bessey and his reps at WME have been approached for several projects currently in development which Bessey could not pursue if he’d reup with The Talk. So, with the show’s future secure after the pickup, Bessey opted to leave to work on other things but intends to stay on until the summer to assure a smooth transition. CBS has started looking for a replacement. Last year, CBS recruited Bessey from the company’s domestic syndication division where he spent fifteen years at Entertainment Tonight.
Entertainment Tonight veteran Brad Bessey has been named executive producer of The Talk, CBS’s upcoming daytime talk show that will examine topical events through the eyes of six mothers, co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur. The show will air weekdays in the 2-3 PM time period, beginning in October. ”Daytime television is about to get more dynamic with six incredible, outspoken mothers who are not afraid to keep it real,” said Bessey, who will report to Barbara Bloom, SVP daytime, CBS Entertainment. Bessey has been at ET for the past 15 years, rising to co-executive producer, a position he has held since 2005. He will executive produce The Talk alongside creator Gilbert and John Redmann.