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New point of ‘View’ for ABC & Walters

NEW YORK — ABC on Tuesday confirmed plans for a mid-August launch of “The View,” an hourlong daytime talkshow exec produced by Barbara Walters.

Walters, already a fixture on ABC’s “20/20” and “Barbara Walters Specials,” said she envisions a new type of talkshow that spans generations to appeal more broadly to female viewers than other shows, including “Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends,” which “The View” will replace (Daily Variety, April 8).

“I have always thought of the kind of thing where four women of different ages and different backgrounds got together and talked about issues of the day,” Walters told Daily Variety. “A 22-year-old doesn’t see things the way I do,” she said. “With these four women, we will represent almost our whole audience.”

Discussion is topical but not overly serious; the pilot featured discussion about the Donald Trump-Marla Maples divorce. “This is not a news program,” Walters said. “We will not be discussing what’s going on in Afghanistan.”

“The View” will air live from New York, with a studio audience, at 11 a.m. in most markets, and is exec produced by Bill Geddie and Walters, who will appear about twice a week, rotating with fellow panelist and comedian Joy Behar. Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos also will appear daily, as will Meredith Vieira as moderator.

As reported, “Caryl & Marilyn” ends production May 30, and will air originals and then repeats until August.

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