MOST POPULAR GALLERIES OF 2008: Sure, they call it the boob tube, but it takes some pretty big brains to make it in the TV biz. We polled Hollywood insiders to ID the TV titans they say are driving today's sharpest shows and deals
25.5. THE WOMEN OF THE VIEW
AGES We were too scared to ask them
TITLES Hosts, yellers
SMART BECAUSE Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara Walters put the shrew in shrewd this election year, juicing their ratings by pumping up their political banter. During election week, The View secured the No. 1 spot in total daytime viewers for the first time in 12 seasons, and the hosts also scored some of the campaign's most memorable moments, from Behar's interrogation of McCain to Hasselbeck's shockingly gracious postelection concession.
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