It seems one of the screen queens of the 2000s may only be a few talks away from having a presence in the American household again.
Drew Barrymore is apparently holding meetings with Warner Bros Television with goals of getting to host a talk show, Variety reports. If she succeeds, the former movie star would join scores of other stars that have had talk show stints through WBTV, including but not limited to Rosie ‘O Donnell, Anderson Cooper, Tyra Banks, and Bonnie Hunt.
This would be Barrymore’s first splash into the talk show world, but not technically into the hosting realm. The 50 First Dates lead is actually already producing a show with Warner Bros. Television called, as should be no surprise from the romantic comedy queen, First Dates. The reality series follows Chicago couples meeting for the first time over lunch, dinner, or what have you, all in the same restaurant while Barrymore’s omnipresent voice narrates.
Ten years ago, Barrymore would have been in the news for very different reasons. Throughout the last decade (and even earlier), the actress was well-known for parts in rom-coms like the already mentioned 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler, Never Been Kissed, The Wedding Singer, and Fever Pitch. She would frequently rounds on skit shows like Saturday Night Live and late-night talk shows like an infamous interview on the Late Show with David Letterman, during which Barrymore ripped her shirt off on live TV.
If WBTV comes through with her talk show, it would mark Barrymore’s on-screen return to consistent place in current pop culture. She would manage to stay relevant like some of her fellow 2000s big-names, like Jimmy Fallon, who shone every Saturday night on SNL (as well as co-starred with Barrymore in Fever Pitch), and now stays current by leading late-night with his Tonight Show.
Of course, Barrymore has been busy. Rather than focusing entirely on acting, Barrymore has dipped into the executive producer world–much like another one of her 2000s fellow stars Reese Witherspoon–taking the EP role in shows like Tough Love on VH1, Knife Fight on Esquire, and a forthcoming Netflix Original Series, Santa Clarita Diet. In that last one, Barrymore will also take on the lead actress role with lead actor Timothy Olyphant (Scream 2, The Girl Next Door).
Alongside Warner Bros. Television, Barrymore is also speaking with Ellen DeGeneres’s company A Very Good Production, as a joint effort. DeGeneres, of course, is one of the leading female talk show hosts of the day, sitting right in Oprah Winfrey’s old spot on NBC through WBTV.
No one at Warner Bros. has made a comment yet, but in all likelihood, they will soon.