*The ladies of “The Real” were just given job security for the next two years.
Their parent company Warner Bros. has inked a two-season renewal with Fox Television Stations for the syndicated talk show, which takes them through 2019-20 season. Fox carries the show in 17 major markets covering 37% of U.S. television households.
“The Real,” now in season four, had also been on the bubble but ultimately had enough traction with the Fox stations to command a renewal.
“While there are other panel talk series on the air, what truly makes ‘The Real’ stand out from the pack is that it is comprised of four very strong, very authentic and very engaging hosts whose chemistry is unrivaled,” said Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution president Ken Werner. “Fox has been with us since the start, and we are thrilled that together we have built a strong franchise that will continue to entertain, inform and inspire viewers for years and years to come.”
“The Real” is a homegrown success story for Warner Bros. and Fox as the series started with a test run in a handful of Fox markets in the summer of 2013. The roundtable show tackles headlines and topical issues from the perspective of four multicultural women, in addition to offering celebrity interviews and lifestyle segments. Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley are the hosts. Rachel Miskowiec is exec producer.
“On one hand, it’s very gratifying to be renewing a program that started as a test. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how it got here,” said Frank Cicha, senior VP of programming for Fox Television Stations. “Warner Bros. set out to fill a void and it fit our audience perfectly. Congrats to the cast and crew.”
The news isn’t as good for its syndicated siblings at Fox. The fate of “Maury Povich,” “Steve Wilkos,” “Harry Connick Jr.,” “The Doctors” and “CrimeWatch Daily” — remain up in the air, reports Variety.