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Network Talk Show Takes a Page From Oprah’s Playbook

Oct 19, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A broadcast talk show is taking a page from the Oprah Winfrey playbook, UPI.com reports. The CBS daytime chat show "The Talk" is starting a book club.

The show announced the segment, "Book Buzz," on Tuesday, the story reports.

The idea, of course, was successfully exploited on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" before the long-running syndicated show went off the air.

"Book Buzz’s" first “assignment” is Iris Krasnow’s "The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes to Stay Married." The show plans a discussion of the book for Nov. 11, when it will have Krasnow on as a guest.

In a statement about the new club, the network said: "With subjects ranging from surviving frenemies [friends who are rivals or actually enemies], and coping with financial infidelity, to surprising — even controversial — approaches to parenting, the selected books will provide food for thought and problem-solving advice. … The hosts will ask viewers to weigh in, share their opinions and raise interesting questions via Twitter or Facebook for the upcoming discussion. During the show itself, the hosts will invite audience members to participate in the dialogue."

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