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.
“I was overworked, stressed, and fantasizing about what a different life would be. Shortly thereafter I started having kids. That’s one way to have a major life change.”
My first InStyle cover was in 1999, and I remember that day so well. I was having the worst hair day, but we finally got it to a better place. I actually had a date that night with an actor. I was so excited to go on a date with this guy with good hair, but it turned out that the hair was much better than the date.
September 2000 was my second InStyle cover. My hair had grown out. Hair is obviously a very big thing with me. That time it was red; I just love red-toned hair. It’s so flattering to the skin. If I ever see a redheaded girl, I’m like, “She’s so hot.” Matthew Rolston shot that cover. He was a good friend of mine, and I think it’s nice when a photographer makes you look like yourself. It’s always alarming when you see photos and think, “That doesn’t look like me.”
InStyle gave me the best arms, though. [laughs] The photoshopping department must see my arms and be like, “Oh, Jesus, we need to go to work on those things.” I got photoshopped arms in my September 2006 shoot with Ellen von Unwerth, although I was thinner then. Younger, thinner — that’s how it goes. I love Ellen’s photography; she knows how to make a woman her very sexiest without ever looking trashy or slutty. She makes everything highly sexualized with a wink and a lick and a deliciousness where women get to celebrate who and what they are.
By the time of my fifth InStyle cover, in October 2009, I had just directed Whip It, really the only film I’ve made, and I was filming Going the Distance. I said I was thinking about quitting the business. I had just done Grey Gardens too. I was overworked, stressed, and fantasizing about what a different life would be. Shortly thereafter I started having kids. That’s one way to have a major life change. The best one I’ve ever had in my life.
When I had my first daughter, Olive [in 2012], I was terrified all the time. I wanted everything to be perfect. It’s the most high-wire, high-stakes, scariest, beautiful, important thing you’ll ever do. I couldn’t sleep or eat. I’ve never cared so much about anything. I’ve got two daughters now [Frankie was born in 2014], and they’re very different. You realize this is about their journey, and you’re there to keep them safe, keep them laughing, and help them figure out who they want to be. I still feel like I have so much to learn, but we’re having the time of our lives. Maybe they’re just getting better, or maybe I am.
I felt the most beautiful right after the birth of my daughters. My 2015 cover reminds me to be bold and expressive and not too body-conscious. My daughters are 5 and 7, so they love their bodies at this point. I think we all did at that age because we weren’t inundated with societal messages or comparisons. I was built to have these girls, and I have never fallen prey to the Hollywood stigma about how a woman is supposed to look. That’s the dumbest thing. I love girls and women. They rule my universe.
I didn’t know who I was yet in those earlier covers. I still had so much to learn. It’s cool if you can look at your life and be excited about where you’re going and where you’ve been. If you can realize that you’ve fucked up and made good things happen along the way. If you can reflect on bad romances or good romances, all of them fun. Seeing your life through photography, social media, fashion — it’s not supposed to look perfect. It’s supposed to reflect who you are. If I could go back to my first InStyle cover shoot and tell myself one thing, it would probably be: “It’s not going to work out on that date tonight.”
How I’d describe myself:
In 1999: Love junkie, Dog lover, No idea where it was all headed
Today: Phew, Yay, And Still a Nerd
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!
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.
Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz‘s days as crime-fighting private investigators may be over, but their friendship is as strong as ever.
Barrymore, 44, opened up about her Charlie’s Angels costar, 46, at the premiere for Santa Clarita Diet season 3 to PEOPLE, calling Diaz “my bestie, my sister.”
On the Netflix show, Barrymore plays Shelia, a happily married mother who suddenly transforms into a flesh-eating zombie.
So, when asked if there was any person she’s worked with who she’d want to join her in immortality, Barrymore chose Diaz.
“Luckily, she’s in my life every day,” Barrymore said.
Since forming their bond over 18 years ago, Barrymore and Diaz have provided #friendshipgoals inspiration on several occasions.
Last year, the longtime friends shared moments from their “playdate,” which included a bare-faced, make-up free selfie — without any filter.
“Her and I are like sisters and we see each other all the time and it was just sort of where we are today,” Barrymore told PEOPLE of the selfie.
“In some ways just another day in our world, but I felt like sharing it. I love her.”
And the star maintains she wasn’t at all nervous to post the makeup-free shot. “We’d just come from a workout. We feel good. We’re not wearing any makeup and we’re just girls being ourselves. And sometimes all makeup and beauty fun aside, it’s just about the raw, honest, post workout look, you know? Just be you,” she said.
In her 2016 interview with Good Housekeeping, Barrymore said if she were ever to go to jail, Diaz would be the first person she would call.
“Not that any one of us are going to jail anytime soon,” Barrymore quickly added. “But 100 percent. She would, like, get in there and get you out.”
“If you’re looking for the best dinner-cooking partner and watching-TV-on-the-couch friend, call her,” Barrymore says. “If someone is in a medical situation, call her! She’s the most loyal, fierce, fun, cozy friend. We have incredible honesty with each other and we work hard on our lives and our friendship.”
All jokes aside, Diaz has truly proven to be that ride-or-die friend.
After Barrymore split with husband Will Kopelman in 2016, Diaz rushed to her side.
“Everybody pulls the wagons around, you know, our friends, whoever needs us at whatever point in time, even if it’s like something that the public doesn’t know about,” Diaz explained to Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM Radio show following the news of Barrymore and Kopelman’s divorce.
“Internally we’re all going like, ‘Okay, who needs us now?’”
Barrymore and Kopelman have two children together — daughters Olive, 6, and Frankie, 4.
The star of the Netflix horror comedy joins her TV family, including Timothy Olyphant, for a look at the how the hit comedy comes together – and previews what fans can expect in the new season.
I’ve sorted through more of Drew’s older red carpet appearances and added over 3,000 high quality photos from all of her appearances from 2015 as well as 2015 talk show stills. I have many more photos to sort through so keep checking back. Enjoy!