Yes, it's oversimplifying to compare a daytime chat show to The View just because it's hosted by four women. But I'm betting that anyone who watched the debut of D: The Broadcast Monday morning on KTXD/Channel 47 made the same comparison.
The Broadcast's hosts are all familiar DFW names: Longtime DFW ... broadcaster Suzie Humphreys (who also contributes to KTXD's The Texas Daily); Courtney Kerr of Bravo's Most Eligible Dallas and the upcoming Courtney Loves Dallas; former CBS 11 morning co-anchor Lisa Pineiro; and Pat Smith, whose background includes Access Hollywood and who happens to be married to Emmitt Smith.
This being a first Broadcast, there were a few hiccups; perhaps the most jarring transition for me came early on, when a brief but serious discussion of country singer Mindy McReady's suicide was abruptly shifted by Kerr into a lighthearted discussion of the Harlem Shake craze (just one example below). The most noticeable hiccup, however, came when the women's microphones were briefly left on during a transition to a commercial break. Hey, it's the first day. At least nobody swore.
Kerr is all nervous energy, playing off the more professional demeanor of the other hosts, who of course addressed Kerr's reality-TV exploits (Humphreys had a lot of questions, all of which seemed rooted in a healthy skepticism). The second half of the show settled down a little, thanks to a performance by singer Bean (clip below) and a cooking segment featuring Dallas chef Dean Fearing.
I'm perhaps cutting the show some slack because it's the first day. So if you want a slightly harsher review, check out what D editor Tim Rogers had to say here. Refreshingly candid.
The show airs at 9 a.m. weekdays on KTXD/Channel 47, which as D is fond of noting is also on U-Verse, DirecTV, and Dish Channel 47; Time Warner Channel 24; Verizon Channel 18 and Charter Channel 22. Here's the women's own assessment of how they did -- and a preview of Tuesday's show.