CBS-owned stations have renewed “The Drew Barrymore Show” for a fifth season extending its run into 2024-25, following a successful fourth season that faced a brief controversy during the Writers Guild of America Strike. The show has garnered positive reviews attracting A-list guests and maintaining a 4 percent increase in viewership compared to the previous year.
“The Drew Barrymore Show” Secures Fifth Season Renewal Amidst Success and Controversy
News about ‘Drew Barrymore Show’ Renewed
Drew Barrymore’s daytime talk show is set to continue for another year as CBS-owned stations, serving as the flagship station group for the syndicated program have officially renewed “The Drew Barrymore Show” for its fifth season. This renewal for the 2024-25 season comes three months into the show’s fourth run.
The renewal follows an incident four months prior when Barrymore faced criticism from Hollywood writers after announcing plans to restart her show during the Writers Guild of America Strike. Initially, Barrymore declared that her talk show’s fourth season would begin production without writers, expressing her desire to provide the audience with the insights that writers bring to connect people and make sense of the human experience. However, after facing backlash from writers and pickets outside the show’s New York studio, the decision was reversed. Production was delayed until after the writers’ strike concluded, which happened less than two weeks later.
The fourth season premiered on October 16, although without the three WGA writers from the previous season, who chose not to return. Since the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike in November, “The Drew Barrymore Show” has featured A-list guests such as Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Oprah Winfrey, and Natalie Portman. The show, with the option for local stations to split it into two half-hour blocks, achieved an average of 1.1 million daily viewers through December indicating a 4 percent improvement over the same period in 2022.
Wendy McMahon, president and CEO of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures, commented on the success of “The Drew Barrymore Show” in its current season, highlighting Barrymore’s empathetic and thoughtful interviews that create a unique connection with viewers. CBS Media Ventures produces and distributes the show, with Drew Barrymore and Jason Kurtz serving as executive producers.
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