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Talk of The Town: CBS Sports Unveils All-Female Show To Debut This Fall

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CBS Sports yesterday revealed "We Need To Talk" as the name of its new all-female weekly sports talk show. The hour-long show, set to debut Sept. 30 on CBS Sports Network, will feature a core group of CBS personalities in addition to a group of rotating panelists from across the sports and media spectrum (CBS).

CORE "WE NEED TO TALK" CREW
Lesley Visser Dana Jacobson
Amy Trask Allie LaForce
Tracy Wolfson  
CONTRIBUTORS/GUESTS
Andrea Kremer Summer Sanders
Laila Ali Katrina Adams
Lisa Leslie Norah O'Donnell
Dara Torres Gayle King
Swin Cash  


GIRL POWER: USA TODAY's Nina Mandell notes the CBS personalities "will continue in their roles for the network's NFL coverage." CBS Sports President David Berson said, "This show is intended for all sports fans, men, women, everyone. This gist of this show, it's really a sports talk show that features women. It's not intended to be a women's sports TV show." Visser said that she "personally envisioned it being a place where the women could discuss an issue such as Mo'ne Davis ... and whether she was being exploited or celebrated." Berson added that the show is something CBS Sports is "very committed to making work, and he brushed off negative reaction on social media to the name." Berson: "We focused a lot more on it over the last few months, and we just feel that it's long overdue and the time is right" (USA TODAY, 8/27). The show will air on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET, and Berson said it "underscores our commitment to this that we’re putting it in such a marquee time slot" (AP, 8/26).

IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME: In Seattle, Jayda Evans wrote the show title "is unsettling," as those four words are the "most dreaded to hear in any relationship." But it is "about time the women who've been tucked on the sideline or squeezed in between two men debating about sports finally get their say." Evans: "Perhaps that’s the meaning behind the show title? We do need to talk and do have a valid opinion on everything sports" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 8/26).
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