‘Turning the Tables’ is challenging for Robin Roberts

'Good Morning America' staple presents new Disney+ interview series

(From left) Jenna Dewan, host Roberts, Debbie Allen and Sofia Carson are featured on “Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts,” which begins streaming Wednesday on Disney+.

Robin Roberts gets to do many things on “Good Morning America,” but she’s doing her own talk show very much her way.

The much-honored ABC morning-program veteran gathers groups of three notable women for wide-ranging, in-depth conversations on “Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts,” which Disney+ begins streaming Wednesday, July 28. Also executive-producing the series along with Los Angeles Lakers icon LeBron James, Roberts gets quite personal herself during the interview process with her guests. They include Debbie Allen, Sofia Carson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenna Dewan, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Betsey Johnson, Billie Jean King, Tig Notaro, Raven-Symone and Josie Totah.

“Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts” begins streaming Wednesday on Disney+.

“We wanted to show that on the surface, (the guests) may seem different, but at the end of the day, we have more similarities than differences,” the warm and friendly Roberts says, explaining each episode combines “people who maybe hadn’t met each other. Tig Notaro had been at a dinner where she mentioned Sheila E. and how cool she thought it would be to meet her. Then, boom! There she was, sitting next to her here. And Raven-Symone got to tell Tig how she had seen her stand-up (comedy) and how much it helped her.

“And it was a no-judgment zone,” adds Roberts. “They felt safe to be vulnerable, and I really appreciated how much they opened up and shared. Many of them I knew, some I didn’t, and it was a real lovefest. ‘Good Morning America’ is usually talking to someone about their book or movie. That’s why they’re on that program, but I’m a journalist at heart and I’m curious. I want to know about more than the particular project they’re working on. And they were curious about me.”

Noting she has “shared my health concerns and other aspects of my life,” Roberts allows “it was different this time. I had to catch myself and realize I was sharing more than I normally would, but I also felt safe to reveal more of myself. I was very grateful that (the guests) put me at such ease.”

With “Turning the Tables” having great diversity behind and in front of the cameras, Roberts says James “is a great example of someone who has used his platform. Yes, he’s a great basketball player, but he uses that to do more. It’s not often I can say I’m a teammate of LeBron’s.”

Also one of this summer’s “Jeopardy!” guest hosts and an executive producer of such other projects as Lifetime’s “Robin Roberts Presents” movie franchise, Roberts confirms that she’d like to be “Turning the Tables” more: “I’m hoping that when people see these four episodes, more women will want to step up and be a part of it.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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