`The View' to go backstage for 1 show

May 16, 2008 6:10:45 PM PDT
Daytime's "The View" will rerun one of its shows in two weeks from an entirely different view that lets fans know a little about what goes on backstage.

Producers will attempt the experiment with the Memorial Day episode, which is being taped a week earlier. That episode will feature an interview with Dina Lohan and daughter Ali, and a performance by Ryan Cabrera.

On Friday, May 30, "The View" will air a version of that show with backstage footage that explains what went into making it. Only about half of the original show will be seen.

The rest will catch what went on behind the scenes to put the show together, such as the meeting where the co-hosts discuss in advance what they'll be talking about on the "Hot Topics" session at the show's beginning, said Bill Geddie, executive producer. He said he believed the show's fans are savvy and will appreciate the extra access.

"Of all the daytime shows, `The View' is clearly the most raw," Geddie said. "You can tell when someone is hurt, you can tell when someone is angry."

If it works, the episode may prove to be a template for future programs, either on the air or as an online companion, Geddie said. "If it really (stinks), we won't do it again," he said.

Don't expect a glimpse of Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Sherri Shepherd pre-makeup, however.

"There are some things that will not be seen," Geddie said.