RelativityReal CEO Tom Forman is behind CBS’ mommy-centric daytime yakker project.
Forman will shoot the pilot presentation next month with Sara Gilbert (“Roseanne”) and “The Early Show’s” Julie Chen. Two more panelists will be chosen shortly.
The panel format will be similar to ABC’s long-running “The View,” but center more on parenting issues. Gilbert is the parent of two kids, while Chen recently gave birth to her son with husband Leslie Moonves. Contributors from the world of celebrity, journalism and TV will also take part in the show.
The project is among several in contention at CBS to take the slot being vacated by “As the World Turns,” which ends its run in late summer. As previously reported, pilots for updated versions of classic gamers “Pyramid” and “Password” are also being shot.
“The View’s” panel format has been duplicated several times in recent years. CBS’ syndie “The Insider” now employs a similar format, with several hosts discussing Hollywood news. And even “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has toyed with the format, airing a regular “Fridays Live” panel discussion.
The networks, meanwhile, have also entered the parenting-centered daytime talk arena in the past. Before “The View,” ABC briefly ran the chat show “Caryl and Marilyn: Real Friends,” hosted by the comedy duo that called themselves “The Mommies.”
Chen’s involvement in the pilot doesn’t preclude her from continuing on “The Early Show” or as emcee of “Big Brother.” Chen is expected to return to “Early Show” from maternity leave in a few more weeks.
Forman has been busy as of late with the Eye, where he has the projects “Beat the Chefs” and “WTF” in the works. His credits also include “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Find My Family.”
Gilbert would also serve as an exec producer.
According to the New York Post, which first wrote of the project, other names bandied about for the show include “Real Housewives” star Bethenny Frankel and Lisa Rinna.