‘The Drew Barrymore’ Show To Return Without Head Writers; Seeks New Scribes

The Drew Barrymore Show is returning to screens but it will be down a few writers.

The daytime talk show revealed this morning that it would return on October 16. This comes after Barrymore originally planned to return on September 18 when the writers were still striking and then reversed her decision after much picketing and outcry from WGA members.

However, the show will now be without three WGA members of its own – Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon and Liz Koe – who have decided not to return to the show, Deadline has confirmed. The trio are co-head writers.

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The daytime talk show is coming back Oct. 16, but the show’s three WGA writers — Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon and Liz Koe — have turned down an offer to return with it. 

Sources close to the show confirmed to Deadline that it extended three offers to the trio as soon as they were allowed to after the strike but they declined. It is now interviewing writers and said that it will be in compliance with the guild.

In September, the trio were active on the picket lines, including one outside of tapings of The Drew Barrymore Show.

The Drew Barrymore Show is produced and distributed by CBS Media Ventures and filmed in New York City. Drew Barrymore and Jason Kurtz are executive producers.

Kinon told Deadline in September why she was on strike. “I came out today because I support my union, the Writers Guild, and I think we deserve a fair deal,” she said. She added that it was “frustrating” to be on strike for five months but was “hopeful” of a “fair” deal at the time, which the WGA subsequently secured.

“It’s not personal,” Kinon said of the Barrymore team’s decision to return to work before the strike was over. “Everybody’s doing what they need to do. They’re going on with the show, and we are picketing.”

THR broke the news.

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