[06/12/13 - 10:40 AM] Telepictures Productions to Produce 4-Week Test of Talk Show "The Real" to be Distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley host the series, premiering July 15 in local stations in seven markets.
[via press release from Warner Bros. Television]
Telepictures Productions to Produce 4-Week Test of Talk Show "The Real" to be Distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
(June 12, 2013 - New York, NY) - "The Real," a 4-week test, produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution was announced today by Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions and Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Beginning July 15, the program will be available on select FOX-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston and Tampa.
"The Real" is led by five bold, diverse and outspoken hosts -- Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley. These women reflect the home audience and unapologetically say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through their candid conversations about topics ranging from their own personal lives to the news of the day to beauty, fashion and relationships.
These women are all going through varied life experiences, including new motherhood, new marriages, dating or singledom, that relate to every woman's own trials and tribulations. Unlike other talk shows, each of the five hosts is admittedly a "work in progress" and fearlessly invites the home audience into their lives. Their fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion will turn the traditional talk show on its head.
"Tamar, Loni, Adrienne, Jeannie and Tamera are five amazing women of different ages and races, all at different places in their lives who reflect the experiences the audience is going through at the same time as they are. They have great chemistry, are fearless and so entertaining and they will bring a much needed younger point of view and sensibility to daytime this summer. We are thrilled to have the extraordinary leadership of SallyAnn Salsano, as she returns to her daytime talk roots after a very successful run in reality TV," added Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures.
"Following our successful summer tests of 'bethenny' and 'TMZ Live,' with our partners at Fox, we have developed an exciting flexible business and creative model that works for particular projects," said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. "There is an opportunity in daytime for a series featuring a unique panel of out-spoken and diverse women. The point of view of this show will resonate and connect with an underserved generation of daytime viewers. We look forward to seeing how viewers in these seven markets respond."
As a founding member of the R&B group The Braxtons, Tamar Braxton is a rising musical superstar, currently starring on WE's reality TV program "Tamar & Vince," a spinoff of WE's successful series "Braxton Family Values." Married five years to music executive Vince Herbert, the couple has welcomed their first child, a baby boy, this June. Tamar says: "A lot of people think, because they see me on 'Braxton Family Values' as the youngest of five sisters, that I'm this brat and I'm just spoiled, but on this show I get to be a woman. I get to give you my real opinion about life, about pop culture, and finally be identified as just a regular lady."
Raised in the projects of Detroit, comedian and actress Loni Love now brings her distinctive brand of stand-up to a wide audience. She is a recurring panelist on "Chelsea Lately" and on "The Smoking Gun Presents: The World's Dumbest." Her first book, "Love Him or Leave Him," a fresh and funny relationship book with hilarious advice for real women, will be released in July. Loni says: "The five of us, we are still trying to figure out our lives...What people are going to find out about me from this show is that I used to be an engineer, I was raised in the Brewster projects, I became an entertainer, and I am still discovering myself."
Originally from New York City, Adrienne Bailon always wanted to be a singer-songwriter, actress and dancer. She was a founding member and lead singer of the all-girls group, 3LW. After 3LW disbanded, Adrienne became the star of Disney's "The Cheetah Girls." Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian, Adrienne was proud to accept Latina Magazine's 2012 award for "Latina Fashionista of the Year." A contributor to both Style Network and BET, Adrienne is currently living in NYC. Adrienne says: "We are Latino Americans, we are mainstream, we speak English, and we want to be able to watch English language television that still represents us."
Jeannie Mai is best known for her hosting duties at Style Network's two-time Emmy nominated program "How Do I Look?" She has a new weekly talk show, "Style Pop," also on Style Network, which premiered June 6. Jeannie can also currently be seen as the digital correspondent for the hit NBC show "Fashion Star." She started her career as a celebrity makeup artist and stylist and is married to "The Hollywood Hunter," Freddy Harteis. Jeannie is Vietnamese and Chinese and frequently travels to Asia to volunteer with organizations such as Heartbeat Vietnam and NightLight International. Jeannie says: "You know what really bothers me, the fact that there are so many Asian stereotypes that nobody has stepped forward to break...I have an amazing driving record, I haven't had a ticket in the last five years, I can't play the violin to save my life nor the keyboard, I suck at math and I'm proud...So how do you like them wontons?"
Tamera Mowry-Housley teams up with her identical twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, in the #1 Style Network docu-series "Tia & Tamera," which follows the fun, frenetic lives of the celebrity sisters as they embark on major life changes. Tamera became a household name as star of the hit ABC comedy "Sister, Sister" opposite sister Tia. Tamera married Fox News correspondent Adam Housley in May 2011 and is a new mother to son Aden. Tamera says: "I love to be traditional and just because you are conservative or a traditional person doesn't mean you have to be boring! ...The greatest thing about America is its diversity and this show reflects that diversity. No matter who you are, there is someone at this table that will be speaking for you."
SallyAnn Salsano, Founder & President of 495 Productions ("Jersey Shore," "Snooki & JWOWW," "The Show with Vinny," "Tattoo Nightmares," "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette" and "Sally Jesse Raphael"), will serve as Executive Producer.
"The Real" will be broadcast from Los Angeles, CA, produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
Tune in to "The Real," beginning Monday, July 15 on:
· New York WNYW FOX5 at 12:00pm
· Los Angeles KTTV FOX11 at 1:00pm
· Washington D.C. WTTG FOX5 at 11:00am
· Philadelphia WTXF FOX29 at 11:00am
· Phoenix KSAZ FOX10 at 1:00pm
· Houston KRIV FOX26 at 1:00pm
· Tampa WTVT FOX13 at 1:00pm
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