To some consternation, some daytime talk shows were planning to return for new seasons, effectively breaking the writers’ and actors’ strike that have kept most daytime talk shows (and all of late night) dark. Their planned guests weren’t too appealing anyway: news anchors, reality show hosts, makeup consultants. 

The season opener for “The Drew Barrymore Show,” for example features the founder of a Menopause bootcamp, the hosts of “CBS Mornings,” and security guards at MetLife Stadium who are interviewed about how they like their jobs. 

“The Jennifer Hudson Show” was to have welcomed a recently-married superfan couple (who are not writers or anchors). 

Less than 24 hours before the season starts, though, both the Barrymore and Hudson shows Sunday announced they’d delay their premieres so as not to break the strikes. Both had been the butt of some intense criticism for their original plans to go ahead.

Barrymore particularly had been an early adopter of the strike, bowing out of hosting the MTV Movie Awards in May and taking her shows to reruns. 

A couple of daytime shows forging ahead today with live shows despite the strikes is “The View,” which features something called the Playing for Change Band, and 

Tamron Hall, who has the former Black Chyna (who has changed her name), a former NFL player who has lent his voice to an animated series and a viral mom from TikTok.