Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

Magazine article Newsweek

Newsmakers

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Byline: Marc Peyser, Mark Starr

Outspoken? Them? By Whom?

Ladies and gentlemen, get your mute buttons ready. This fall, three of TV's loudest women will each be starring in two programs. Kelly Ripa, who spends her mornings annoying Regis, will also have an ABC sitcom, "Hope & Faith." Sharon Osbourne will launch a syndicated talk show while taping "The Osbournes." And Roseanne (the Bloviator) Barr returns with an ABC reality show called "The Real Roseanne" and a cooking show oddly called "Domestic Goddess."

Why would anyone do two TV shows simultaneously? Roseanne's got an honest answer. "I have more money than God," she says, "but not as much as Oprah." Osbourne is typically blunt, too: "I'm a show-off." But Ripa, who just gave birth to her third child, may have the best motivation. "When I'm working, it's like a vacation," she says. "As a mom, I literally have no time for myself. At work, there are people there who will get me a cup of coffee."

Besides, the extra shows give viewers a chance to see these women in a new light. Osbourne swears she won't cuss on her talk show. Barr wants to remind people what real women are like. "It's a good thing to show that some people are fat and imperfect." And Ripa, an "All My Children" alum, wants to get back to acting. Never mind that on "Hope & Faith" she plays a former soap star with a penchant for food fights. "That was actually my first food fight!" she insists. "I know, that's hard to believe, since I am from New Jersey."

Marc Peyser

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