Barbara Walters actually had quite an idea 20 years ago.
Different women, different points of view. It was called...The View.
Already a trailblazing newswoman herself, Walters and co-creator Bill Geddie assembled an all-woman panel to conduct interviews and discuss the pressing issues of the day—the "Hot Topics"—from the serious to the silly. Like any new show, especially one trying to find its footing in the ultra-competitive network morning show landscape (now made all the more congested by cable and online options), there were some growing pains. The tendency for the ladies to interrupt or talk over each other also became fodder for many a spoof take on the talk show.
But overall, Walters' grand plan was a hit with the largely female a.m. audience, and as critics noted at the time—where else were you seeing five accomplished women talk among themselves every day on TV?