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Julie Chen's next act: a daytime talk show?

julie-chenImage Credit: Kristin Callahan/Everett CollectionThe Early Show’s Julie Chen is set to return from maternity leave in just a couple of weeks, but she’s already exploring new options now that she’s had her first child with CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves. An insider confirmed online reports that Chen is developing a View-like talk show pilot in which she and other panel members would discuss topical events from a mother’s point-of-view. Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) also has signed on as a panelist and will help executive produce the pilot that’s under consideration to replace the canceled As the World Turns. It’s unclear how the new talk show, if picked up, would affect Chen’s duties on Early Show, but she is still expected to return as host of Big Brother this summer.

There was early speculation that CBS could replace As the World Turns with a CBS/Paramount-produced talk show hosted by Valerie Bertinelli, but the network opted to develop the aforementioned panel series and game shows instead. CBS, in fact, confirmed that it plans to shoot a new pilot for Pyramid, which was originally considered as a replacement for Guiding Light until the network decided to go with a redux of Let’s Make a Deal instead. The project from Sony will be exec produced by Michael Davies (Who Wants to Be A Millionaire). Rumor has it the eye may also shoot a pilot for Password, which first aired in 1961 and was hosted by Allen Ludden. CBS launched a prime time version dubbed Million Dollar Password that was hosted by Regis Philbin in June 2008; it attracted 10.69 million viewers. Still, that remake was yanked after a second, abbreviated season.

This wouldn’t be the first time that someone tried to make a mom version of The View. Telepictures developed a pilot featuring Kate Gosselin and Food Network star Paula Deen last year, but the project was scuttled. Gosselin is now set to star in her own TLC show Twist of Kate that’s expected to bow this summer.

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