Drew Barrymore is eyeing a move into the daytime talk show arena.
The actress, who recently wrapped three seasons of the Netflix comedy “Santa Clarita Diet,” is shooting a pilot this week in New York for CBS Television Distribution.
Details of the hourlong show are still sketchy. Barrymore is among the executive producers of the pilot, likely through her Flower Films banner. Sources said there is no showrunner formally attached as of yet.
Barrymore circled a talk show deal with Warner Bros.’ Telepictures in 2016, but a pilot never came to fruition, in part because of a lukewarm response from prospective station groups at the time. The new regime at CBS’ syndication arm is said to have high hopes for the show and faith in Barrymore’s appeal as a daytime TV personality.
After a few thin years of new entries, the first-run syndication market is getting a jolt this fall with the launch of three new strips with notable names.
Former “Today” anchor Tamron Hall is hosting a talker for Disney/ABC that bows next month. Kelly Clarkson is taking up the talk-variety mantle for NBCUniversal and Meredith Vieira will front game show “25 Words or Less” for Fox Television Stations. Jerry Springer is also back, this time in a court show dubbed “Judge Jerry” for NBCUniversal.
CBS Television Distribution has stayed on the sidelines for the past few years with no first-run launches other than projects it distributed for production partners such as Jay McGraw (“Daily Mail”) and Judith Sheindlin (“Hot Bench”).
Barrymore has become active as a TV producer and personality in recent years. In addition to “Santa Clarita Diet,” she was a judge on CBS’ reality show “The World’s Best” and she provided the voice-over for NBC unscripted dating show “First Dates.” Through her Flower Films she was an exec producer on unscripted series including TLC’s “Rattled” and VH1’s “Tough Love.”
CBS Television Distribution declined to comment.
Is it any surprise that her most personal project is also the cheeriest?
Drew Barrymore’s been dreaming of this toy chest for years, ever since it was yanked from under her at a flea market. “Another woman got to it first, and she would not let me have it,” Drew says. “I couldn’t barter this woman out. She was like, ‘I don’t care who you are or what you have—this is going home with me.'”
As soon as you see it, you get why this container’s been the One That Got Away: It’s sunshiny yellow, with a bold rainbow across the top, and just spacious enough to clear up a cluster of toys that’d normally cover a kid’s floor, becoming booby traps for parents in the middle of the night. It’s no wonder that when Drew decided to expand her Flower Home line into kids’ furniture and décor, creating her own riff on the chest was at the top of her list.
With more than 100 items in the collection—from bedding and art prints to melamine, vintage-inspired cups and plates—the actress/entrepreneur carefully considered each piece, selecting each design with the hopes that it’d shake up the monochrome, neutral, “Do kids really live here?” trend in the industry. “Something that always made me feel crazy was how un-colorful kids’ lines were,” Drew says. “I wanted to create something that I felt I couldn’t find as a parent out there. I wanted a lot of joy. ”
Though the products are mass-produced—all available now at Walmart, Hayneedle, and Jet.com—she wanted each piece to feel personal. That’s why each print has its own frame, custom-selected to go with the art, and you’ll never see a plain white lampshade.
“I feel like that’s just something you can find anywhere, and if I think I’ve seen it, or I think it’s easily available, I don’t want to do it,” she explains.
For a sense of cohesion, Drew stuck to a few specific themes, which she divided into rooms in the sneak peek video above. There’s a jungle room, meant for young explorers; a galaxy room, complete with fluffy, cloud-shaped headboards and a very David Bowie-meets-Atari lightning bolt bedspread; a rainbow room that’s every bit as vibrant and cheery as the name implies; an animal room, for all of the pet lovers out there; and a room devoted to Drew’s favorite color to decorate with: pink.
“I loved getting to do a room that was so absolutely feminine,” she says, noting the strawberry bedding and ballet-slipper-pink bed frame (also available in light wood), which is framed to resemble the outline of a classic, triangle-roofed home. “I love the house bed, because kids can create such a world within it.”
The 50 First Dates star drew inspiration from her own walls, too. That rainbow print in a child’s scrawl is an actual note Drew’s daughter gave her as a birthday present one year. A friend asked her daughter questions about her famous mom, to which she answered: “She says, ‘My mom’s name is Mom,’ and ‘my mom’s favorite food is salad.’ She also says that I live in Las Vegas, which—I don’t know, I’ve never lived in Las Vegas—but I like it,” Drew says. “This piece is probably the one that makes me cry the most. It’s very emotional.”
That’s the thing about Flower Kids—yes, it’s playful, as anyone who sees the alligator toy trunk or the massive, pear-shaped bookshelf can attest—but it’s got soul. There’s a reason for each piece’s existence, one that’s not just about boosting Drew’s bottom line. (In fact, she’ll readily admit her insistence on a custom frame for each type of wall art isn’t very “fun from business-margins perspective.”)
At the end of the day, she’s approaching every piece as a parent: “What is the theme of your kid, and their passions, and their curiosities?” she asks. “Design-wise, to feed into that and create a space for them that amplifies and encourages what they’re interested in, is really important.” Without pausing, she smirks: “But it’s got to look cool, too.” Preach, Drew. Preach.
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I finally was able to track down Drew’s 1994 film Inside the Goldmine. She’s featured on the DVD cover and all but she actually only has one scene in the whole film. I’ve added screencaps to the gallery. I’m currently only missing 5 projects in the gallery! Enjoy.
Sorry for the lack of updates I’ve been busy offline. Drew attended a Flower Beauty last week. I’ve added photos to the gallery as well as additional photos from recent events. Enjoy!
Drew was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. I’ve added photos to the gallery and you can watch snippets of the interview below. Enjoy!
I’ve added HD screencaps of Drew from season 3 of Santa Clarita Diet to the gallery bringing our current gallery count to over 80,000 photos. Big thanks to my friend Milane for her help. I still need to finish sorting through all the stills, posters, and promos for the current season as well as past seasons. That’s on my todo list. I’ll get to it soon. What an AMAZING season of Santa Clarita Diet, don’t you agree?
I will be moving in less than 2 weeks so updates will be a bit scarce for the rest of the month while I finish packing, move, and get settled, but don’t worry, this fansite isn’t going anywhere.
Drew was on Kelly and Ryan this morning promoting Santa Clarita Diet. Check out her interview below and 15 high quality photos of her in the gallery.
Drew was on Good Morning America this morning promoting Santa Clarita Diet. Check out her interview below and over 140 high quality photos of her in the gallery.