New original series ‘Words, Wine & Women’ premieres edgy straight-talk
This article originally appeared on examiner.com on May 20, 2015.
Ladies – you know how dangerous it is when you get together with your gal pals, open a bottle of wine and make no subject off-limits?
Leaving the drunk rants and petty feuds to those other shows, “Words, Wine and Women” hopes to appeal to the sisterhood set, promising straight-talk about topics that would never get past any network TV censors.
I recently interviewed Tara Johnson to find out more about what’s in store from “Words, Wine and Women.”
Give us an overview of your new online talk show “Words, Wine and Women.”
TARA: Words, Wine and Women is an authentic look inside the raw honest fun that happens when real women get together over a delicious glass of wine (or maybe two glasses of wine). Words, Wine and Women is a supportive empowering community that embraces the mystery, the beauty and the joy of being a woman.
What are some of the topics you’ll be discussing?
TARA: We discuss everything. No topic is off limits – relationships, sex, careers, politics, women’s rights, parenthood and the good, the bad and the ugly of being a modern woman.
How did you find your co-hosts?
TARA: I wanted to keep Words, Wine and Women as authentic as possible. My co-hosts are women that I admire. Beth Gonzales and I met in New York City over 10 years ago. We became instant friends. I work with Jacque Borowski on Maria Menounos’ ‘after-show’ online network AfterBuzz TV. Jacque is so incredibly smart. Candice Stewart and I met through a mutual friend in Los Angeles. I remember watching her reunite with her birth mother on the OWN network. I thought she was beautiful, of course, but also incredibly brave for allowing the world to share such a private moment. I held auditions where I met Monique Madrid and instantly loved her. She is hilarious.
To ensure that everyone felt like a cohesive group, we did daily chats and even spent a mini “girlfriends” weekend together before we went in front of the cameras.
Any fun surprises in store?
TARA: I learned a lot from our resident sex therapist, Dr. Shannon Chavez. Grab your pen and pad. You and your partner will thank me!
What do you hope audiences take away from this new series?
TARA: Women are beautifully complicated ever-evolving creatures. I hope audiences feel like Words, Wine and Women is their community that embraces every bit of that splendor.
What inspired you to want to create this project?
TARA: I wanted, no, I needed to create something that shows that women, real women, completely different women CAN come together, have fun and enjoy a few glasses of wine – hell, they can even disagree, but it’s still all good. Unfortunately today, we don’t see a lot of those positive female images.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
TARA: If someone watches Words, Wine and Women and after (or maybe even during), picks up the phone to call her “girls” or maybe even plan a night out on the town with them, then my job is done.
And one last thing, men are always always welcome at Words, Wine and Women too.
Thanks, Tara – my fingers are already dialing so keep the words and wine flowing!
Watch “Words, Wine and Women” on YouTube at: www.wordswinewomen.com