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Marie Osmond Dishes Her New Daytime Talk Show — and That Gig on The Bold and the Beautiful

Date September 28, 2012

Maria Osmond

Catching up with Marie Osmond to talk about the debut of her new Hallmark Channel talk show Marie(Monday, Oct. 1 at noon/11am c) ain't easy! She shoots two episodes a day in L.A., hops a 4 p.m. flight for Las Vegas, performs her show with brother Donny at the Flamingo Hotel, grabs a midnight flight back to L.A. and then starts all over again!

TV Guide Magazine: Hallmark and Marie Osmond. Is there a more perfect match?
Osmond:We have the same goal for this show — to bring some hope and have some laughs. We'll talk about the tough stuff, too. I'm been through a lot. More than you know. I'm writing a book about it right now. But always I'm here to entertain and keep it clean. Hallmark knows what they're getting with me. [Laughs] If I was going to change, I'd have done it decades ago.

TV Guide Magazine: How will you separate yourself from the rest of the chat pack?
Osmond:One thing we're doing is taking a cue from the old Tonight Showand booking great up-and-comers — singers, comics, actors who will be the next big thing. When we did the Donny & Marietalk show [1998-2000] we debuted Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, even J.K. Rowling. I love bringing on new people and saying we had 'em first.

TV Guide Magazine: We had no idea you were so competitive!
Osmond:[Laughs] Are you kidding? Do you know how much I love it that this show is not called Donny?

TV Guide Magazine: Haven't you done every talk show in the last 50 years of television?
Osmond:And then some!This is my fifth decade in the business andI know what it's like to sit in that chair with the greats — Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas. I remember the incredible way they had of making their guests feel instantly comfortable and have fun. That'swhat I want to do. We also want to be informational. We'll show women how to save money, get through a divorce, get back into the dating scene. It's not the good things in life that define who we are, it's how we handle the difficult ones. I want to help other women rise to the challenges in life. As women we should complete each other, not compete with each other.

TV Guide Magazine: At last year's Daytime Emmys you stole the red-carpet spotlight with the news you were doing a role — possibly something tawdry — on The Bold and the Beautiful. What the hell happened?

Osmond:Life happened! They still want me and I still want to do it. It's just a matter of scheduling. They had my scenes all ready to go. I can't tell you the set-up but it's really funny. My life has been absolutely bona fide insane but I'll squeeze it in. [Laughs] Hey, it's 2012. End of the world. What the heck?

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