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With ABC becoming full owner of "The View," after buying out Barbara Walters' stake over the summer, the network announced today that the daytime talker will now fall under the purview of ABC News after more than 17 years under the entertainment division, this despite a drastic makeover this fall with the inclusion of three new hosts joining Whoopi Goldberg on the panel. With the talk show now falling under the umbrella of the news division, “General Hospital" and "The Chew" remain the only entertainment programming airing during the daytime on the network.
With the launch of its 18th season during the week of September 15-19, 2014, and the debut of new co-hosts Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace, and the return of Rosie O'Donnell to the table, ABC's "The View" attracted its largest premiere week ratings in three years (3.4 million), to qualify as the week's most watched broadcast talk show, while also posting year-to-year growth of 13% in viewers compared to the 17th season premiere last season (3.0 million).
The wait is over: ABC’s daytime talk show, “The View,” has completed its much-buzzed-about panel with the addition of actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace!
As previously reported, ABC's "The View" is currently in reinvention mode. While it gets ready to launch its new season on Monday, September 15, the show will not only have a new studio, new color scheme and logo, it'll also have a new behind the scenes executive team who will spearhead the production of the talk show with c0-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell leading the way in front of the camera. The network officially announced that Bill Wolff, previously of "The Rachel Maddow Show," will take over as executive producer. He succeeds Bill Geddie, who helmed the show from its beginnings in 1997 until this past season. Brian Balthazar, who helped launch the fourth hour of "The Today Show" has been appointed co-executive producer.
"ABC’s commitment to reinventing their popular franchise, 'The View,' and evolving the talk show creatively is underway and it’s all building to the much-anticipated season premiere on Monday, September 15," was the beginning of a bold statement this morning from ABC that highlights several major changes in store for the original forum for lively conversations generated from entertainment, social media, politics, family, sex and relationships as well as beauty and fashion. Such changes include the show moving from its longtime West 66th Street studio to the ABC Broadcast Center on 67th Street near Central Park along with a new color scheme and logo, marking the first time in the show’s history that it has changed significantly.. Per the network, the new studio will now house a visually stunning, contemporary state-of-the-art set designed in the round and offering the addition of an on-camera social media station allowing the hosts to interact in real time with viewers.
CBS’ daytime show “The Talk” continues to gain speed, and for the first time in its nearly four years on the air, it beat ABC’s “The View” in key demos!
It’s been a whopping seven years since larger-than-life personality Rosie O’Donnell has been a part of “The View,” but executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie announced today that the actress/comedian is returning to the popular talk show!
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