Drew Bar­ry­more joins the week­day talk-show ranks

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - TV WEEK - The Drew Bar­ry­more Show, 9 a.m. Mon­day, Syn­di­ca­tion BY JAY BOB­BIN

Drew Bar­ry­more al­ways has be­lieved that tim­ing is ev­ery­thing, and now, she has fresh reaf­fir­ma­tion.

Af­ter an ear­lier run at one, the ac­tress-pro­ducer launches a week­day talk pro­gram as “The Drew Bar­ry­more Show” de­buts in na­tional syn­di­ca­tion Mon­day, Sept. 14 (check lo­cal list­ings). A cur­rently sin­gle par­ent of two daugh­ters, Bar­ry­more has ac­crued lots of life ex­pe­ri­ence and talk-guest stints in the nearly 40 years since she gained fame as a child star of “E.T.: The Ex­traTer­res­trial.” She in­tends to in­vest those in her New York-based se­ries, be­ing po­si­tioned as “op­ti­mism TV” via its guests and top­i­cal “Drew’s News” seg­ment.

“A few years ago, there was a po­ten­tial op­por­tu­nity that came my way” in the talk field, the friendly Bar­ry­more ex­plains, “and even though it didn’t pan out, that re­ally did open my eyes to the idea. So, when this life-chang­ing phone call from (CBS Tele­vi­sion Dis­tri­bu­tion ex­ec­u­tive) Elaine Bauer Brooks came later, the seed had been planted. I had al­ready soul-searched about this, so I was able to have a more in­tel­li­gent con­ver­sa­tion with her about it, rather than throw­ing out weird, ran­dom ideas.”

Still, Bar­ry­more — whose leg­endary act­ing fam­ily also en­com­passes her grand­fa­ther John, her aunt Diana, her grand­uncle Lionel and her grandaunt Ethel — wants “The Drew Bar­ry­more Show” to have a flex­i­ble for­mat. “I’m all about try­ing things as if they aren’t sure things,” she says. “Don’t hold back on putting the pas­sion and the ef­fort into things. This is one of those ex­am­ples.”

Bar­ry­more feels the time is right for her to do the show now. “Once I had chil­dren, every pri­or­ity for me changed. It was nice to stop work­ing and just be to­tally present for them, but you do have to make a liv­ing. It’s noth­ing to com­plain about, but when you make films, you’re up be­fore ev­ery­one else is and you get home when they’re asleep. And I just didn’t want to miss out on my kids’ lives.”

Do­ing the 2017-19 Net­flix se­ries “Santa Clarita Diet” helped Bar­ry­more find bal­ance: “I felt like I’d for­got­ten I had a skill set, and it was ev­ery­thing the woman I played in the show was go­ing through. It was a great awak­en­ing, and I needed that in my own life. I wrote a book, and I was try­ing to gen­er­ate work where I could pro­vide for my chil­dren, and also be cre­ative and be my­self.”

As with every other syn­di­cat­ed­show star, Bar­ry­more re­al­izes she has lots of bosses in the sta­tion own­ers and man­agers who will carry her new pro­gram: “I re­ally feel that they’re giv­ing us a chance,” she rea­sons. “Ev­ery­thing in life, you have to earn, so I feel re­ally lucky.”

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