‘The Real,’ ‘Exhale,’ take new approach to TV talk

August 8, 2013 • Entertainment

This undated publicity photo released by ASPIRE shows “Exhale” co-hosts Erin Jackson, Rene Syler, Issa Rae, Malinda Williams and Angela Burt-Murray discuss career and finance, entertainment, and breaking free from hurts in August. 2. “Exhale” is taking a different approach to the TV talk show with an all African-American panel of female hosts. (AP Photo/ASPIRE, Leroy Hamilton)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five women sitting around talking has become a TV staple. Five women talking, each of whom is either black, Asian or Latino, is something different.

It’s the approach tested by two shows: “The Real,” airing on a handful of Fox-owned stations, and the Aspire channel’s “Exhale.”

For “The Real,” concluding an experimental run Friday, the multi-ethnic panel of Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley isn’t the point, said executive producer SallyAnn Salsano.

“It’s something we don’t really talk about. … We just picked who’s best for the show. We Login to read more

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