CBS Sports Network will launch a groundbreaking sports talk show on Sept. 30 called We Need to Talk, which is being billed as “the first-ever, nationally televised, all-female, weekly hour-long sports show.”
The show will feature some of CBS’ most prominent female voices, including Lisa Leslie, Lesley Visser, Tracy Wolfson, Amy Trask, Dana Jacobson, Allie La Force, Andrew Kremer, Dara Torres, Swin Cash, Summer Sanders, Laila Ali and Katrina Adams.
“We’re very excited,” Leslie said on The MoJo Show. “And guys, don’t worry about the words ‘We need to talk.’ We have to change the mindset of the men in this world, and we’re going to start with just that title alone. It won’t be as bad as you think. We’ll all leave happy.”
The show premiers next Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
“I am so excited about this opportunity,” Leslie said. “Obviously a platform for all-female panelists – we’ve never had that show done ever, and it’s sort of long overdue.”
Leslie said she got a call one day from CBS asking if she’d be interested. The two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medalist jumped at the chance.
“This is an awesome opportunity,” she said. “And it’s not rocket science. We’re talking sports. These are things that we’re at home talking about anyway with our husbands. I’m always talking about pro football or basketball. It’s just going to be a great opportunity to maybe hear from all these different women and possibly a different perspective. My husband and I have so many conversations about sports, and how we look at it sometimes the same and sometimes differently. So it’ll interesting to see all the different points of view put together.”
The show will also have a female director (Suzanne Smith), female producers (Amy Salmanson and Julie Keryc) and female coordinating producers (Smith and Emili Deutsch).
“I think it’ll be great,” Leslie said.
It’ll also be interesting to see how all of the personalities come together, especially since the panelists have diverse racial, socio-economic and athletic backgrounds.
“There’s so many layers to the makeup of all of us that it should be very interesting and hopefully exciting and the people will love it,” Leslie said. “Part of it is not that we just want to talk because we’re women, but hopefully (we’ll) be influencing men and (will have) men to give us feedback and have that conversation. It’s not that we just want it to be solely women and it’s just about us. But at the same time, we have not really been heard in a way where we can all (have a conversation) and come together and talk about all of these issues. So we’re real excited.”