“I’m interested in things that are not the same. I’m also interested in television where I’m not by myself. It is hard by yourself, it is lonely by yourself, it is tiring by yourself,” says Banks, who hosted six seasons of her own syndicated talk show “The Tyra Banks Show” from 2005 to 2010, adding that the “life-stylist” co-hosts are what make the show unique.
“I was not interested in coming back to daytime and doing like, ‘Tyra Show’ part two,” the host insists.
Banks is joined by four lifestyle experts who round out the roundtable with different areas of expertise. Chrissy Teigen, the model and “Lip Sync Battle” host who has garnered a huge social media following for her quippy posts and food frenzy pics, will serve as “FABLife’s” culinary expert; Joe Zee, who currently holds the post of Yahoo Style’s editor in-chief, is the show’s resident fashionista; interior designer Lauren Makk brings home design to the table; and do-it-yourself YouTube star Leah Ashley is ready to introduce digitally savvy audiences to DIY projects.
The “FABLife” five-some shared with Variety what to expect when the daytime talk show premieres on Sept. 14.
Teigen (foodie): “I’m in the kitchen. I’m in no way saying that I’m a chef of any kind, but also, I think my plus side is that I think I’m very relatable, as somebody that’s in the kitchen, excited to cook, learning along with everybody because I’m not a professional… I think people are going to see some chaos. Not everything is going to go perfect… I’m kind of owning the food space and it’s going to be really fun to see people being able to show through social media what they’re making from the show.”
Zee (fashionista): “I think it’s really about making fashion fun, and taking the frustrating out of it. I think women throw open their closet doors every morning and are like, ‘I don’t know what to wear, I don’t know what to do.’ And that’s not the case… you can do it, and have so much fun doing it. I’ve done it my entire career, and I think that’s what I’m going to translate for people.”
Ashley (DIY expert): “I really just want to empower people to be able to do it yourself. I think it can be really intimidating sometimes… for me, if it’s not cheap, easy and quick, we are not doing it… I want to do DIYs with people that really anyone can do.”
Makk (interior designer): “I specialize in what I like to call affordable luxury wear — you can take something that’s not very expensive and make it look fantastic in any space. And so, I’ll be teaching the audience every day how to remix your own stuff, and how to use some retail and re-sale.”
Banks (host): We’re going to really be working it and doing it different. If you’ve seen it in daytime before, it won’t be on our show.
“FABLife” hails from Disney/ABC Domestic TV. Former “Rachael Ray Show” EP Shane Farley will exec produce, along with Banks and Mark Schulman. Rebecca Mayer, who co-exec produced the “FABLife” pilot, will serve as co-exec producer on the series, while Karl Newton (U.K.’s “Daybreak”) and George Davilas (“The Doctors”) are senior supervising producers.
In addition to her “FABLife” talent and producer duties, Banks is still at the helm of The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model,” which is currently in the midst of its 22nd cycle.