Drew Barrymore Hopes to Bring ‘Humor and Heart’ to Daytime TV

Variety | 1/22/2020 | Cynthia Littleton
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MIAMI — Drew Barrymore has always loved television, but for years she was afraid of working in TV.

“I didn’t like the idea of being attached to unknown material,” Barrymore said. “I thought ‘What if the scripts come in and I hate them?’ “

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Barrymore conquered that fear when she committed to Netflix’s offbeat comedy “Santa Clarita Diet,” which ended after three seasons last year. Now she’s taking the script in to her own hands as the host and executive producer of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” a syndicated daytime talk show from CBS Television Distribution that has been cleared to launch this fall on stations representing 85% of U.S. TV households.

“I keep calling it ‘Optimism TV,’ ” Barrymore told Variety as she took a break from pitching the show to prospective station buyers at the annual NATPE conference in Miami.

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She plans to bring “humor and heart” to a show that she hopes will allow her to use all of the muscles and skills she built up during her remarkable life to date.

“I’m in the joy business,” she said. “I don’t carry the umbrella of darkness with me.”

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For Barrymore, a big part of the appeal of a talk show was that it would allow her to maintain a reasonable lifestyle as the mother of two young girls — ages 6 and 8 — in contrast to working on a film set where its not unusual for actors to work “4 a.m. to 11 p.m.,” she said.

Barrymore sounds like the entrepreneur that she has become — she launched the successful Flower By Drew lifestyle brand of products in 2013 — in outlining the reasoning that brought her to daytime TV.

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“I didn’t want to let go of everything I’ve done and who I was,” Barrymore said....
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