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New ‘Talk’ Exec Producer Out After 2 Weeks

By | Friday May 27, 2011 @ 8:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

That didn’t take long. Former Good Morning America executive producer Susan Winston, who took over CBS’ show The Talk 2 weeks ago, has exited the daytime talk show. B&C first reported the departure, which came after Winston asked to be relieved from her duties. Winston, whose biggest post-GMA credit was creating and exec producing short-lived daily daytime talk show The Other Half, succeeded executive producer Brad Bessey, who announced in March he would be leaving after the end of the show’s freshman season. Maybe it was a bad omen that the transition of power happened on Friday, May 13. “Friday is going to be a blood bath at The Talk,” an insider emailed us earlier that week. “Everyone on the staff is dreading this.” Staying on as exec producer are Sara Gilbert, who created The Talk, and John Redmann. Gilbert co-hosts the show with Julie Chen, Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini.

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‘The Talk’ on CBS Gets New Exec Producer

By | Friday April 22, 2011 @ 2:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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