“The Talk” premieres with some vagina issues

Last July, I sat in a room full of fellow television critics and listened to CBS roll out their new daily show, The Talk, created by Sara Gilbert. Today, that show finally debuted, aimed at mothers who were either fans of As the World Turns (which formerly occupied the time slot), or fans of shows like The View, where women are the hosts and discuss issues important to them.

The hosts — Gilbert, Holly Robinson-Peete, Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini with occasional reports from Marissa Jaret Winokur — are an opinionated crew, which was visible on stage at TCA, and also in the pilot I received. I knew it would be interesting to compare what had worked for them in the initial stages to what they changed for the live broadcast. So here’s what went down, with #leztalk Tweeters giving their opinions too.

The first half hour of today’s episode was dedicated to discussing the show itself. Each of the women had video messages from family members wishing them good luck. For lesbian Sara Gilbert, it was her two children, Sawyer and Levi, and boy were they adorable. Sara looked great, herself, but said she was nervous and joked that she hoped her shirt was on right. She also noted that Roseanne debuted the same date in 1988.

The show’s first ever guest was Christine Brinkley, who talked with Leah, Julie and Sharon about Botox, fitness and her divorce from Billy Joel. It wasn’t very exciting, and the women were talking over one another. And when the discussion turned to bullying (by way of Sharon), there was no mention of bullying gay kids. Instead, it was about the bullying of celebs like Christie’s daughter Alexa Ray Joel.