‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ is a cure for the pandemic blues
‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ focuses on positivity, friendship and fun
With much of the arts moving to online and streaming platforms, here’s a look at a weekly standout:
My pick: “The Drew Barrymore Show”
Why: Not since the days of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” have I faithfully watched a daytime talk show.
For all of the 1990s “Oprah” was there for me when I got home from school — comforting me with inspiration when I had a bad day, indulging my pop culture obsessions with celebrity and author interviews, and introducing me to perspectives from communities outside my own.
The show was cancelled in 2011 and I never found a replacement ... until one morning I happened to catch an episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show.”
Now, Barrymore’s show is nothing like Winfrey’s — Barrymore follows a format more like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” or other celebrity-driven programs. But something about it fills me with the same sort of comfort as my “Oprah” days.
Maybe it’s because the actress is over-the-top friendly, and after a year like 2020, spending time with someone so seemingly nice is a salve we can all use. Maybe it’s that she’s a lifelong familiar presence thanks to movies like “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Irreconcilable Differences,” “Never Been Kissed” and “The Wedding Singer.”
(Also, I ran into her twice in real life — at a PJ Harvey concert in L.A. and at game four of the 2004 Red Sox/Cardinals World Series in St. Louis — so in my head it’s like she’s my friend, hanging out with me via the television.)
“The Drew Barrymore Show” is a mix of celebrity interviews (mostly done via Zoom), cooking trends, style tips and celebrity gossip. She also spotlights small business owners, many from the BIPOC community. Because of her I’ve: tried pasta made from chickpeas (deceptively delicious); bought a lip balm infused with hydrocortisone (very healing); and tried eye yoga (kinda weird).
Since finding her show, I now force myself to take a lunch break to catch up on recorded episodes — something that I know is good for my mental and physical health, thanks to her interview with Dr. Oz (like “Oprah!”).
Find it: “The Drew Barrymore Show” airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on KSWB.
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