France 2’s new Saturday night talk show announces change in continuity

The show that will follow We are liveon Saturdays, in the second part of the evening, from September 24, on France 2will eventually be called What an era! Lea Salame and its teams “has been struggling all summer” to find this definitive title when, at the beginning of July, the project was announced with, as a working title, We can’t say anything anymore.

The inspiration ultimately came from Orelsan’s prose, and particularly from his song Clean. Léa Salamé was looking for “the expression of the moment” to talk about the current “crazy, anxiety-provoking period, where we don’t really know where we’re going to land. » The exclamatory title, What an era!seemed particularly appropriate.

A hundred people in the audience

The program was presented to the media this Wednesday afternoon, in outline. “It will be a very sequenced show, with several appointments. There will be a political guest very regularly, artists, intellectuals, personalities who marked the news of the week or will mark the next one…”, explained Régis Lamanna-Rodat of Winter Productions. The producer adds that the public, made up of a hundred people, will be distributed around the set and will surround the guests who should number seven to eight per week.

No big revolution, this new talk assumes to remain in line with those who preceded it – Everybody talks about it, We are not in bedWe’re live – mixing worlds and generations, news commentary and promo interviews.

Léa Salamé “freaked out is happy”

As the launch approached, Léa Salamé said she was “freaked out and happy” and talked about taking risks. “It’s a real challenge for me. Until then, I have built a career as a political journalist. I was suffocating a little, I wanted to open the window. I don’t know if I’ll be able to, but I’m going with great enthusiasm and humility,” she said.

If Laurent Ruquier, with whom she co-hosted We are live last season, left the Saturday night box that he had occupied for sixteen years, she could not imagine being completely alone at the controls of this new show.

“The nostalgia of people who dare”

Léa Salamé has thus wanted to keep close to her the comedian Philippe Caverivière with whom she has established a “complicity” in recent months. At a press conference, he said he felt “pleasure” in commenting on the “madness of the time”. He also officiates every morning at the microphone of RTL was delighted that the public regularly told him: “You dare”. “There is a nostalgia for people who dare. We will try to find that, to speak in the second degree, to address people’s intelligence, ”he promised.

Léa Salamé and Régis Lamanna-Rodat have also hired Christophe Dechavanne, who was their first choice from a list of potential recruits. The journalist believes that he has “a real outlook on society, spontaneity and a sense of repartee. The principal concerned will not officiate as a sniper but as a “permanent guest”, with carte blanche.

“I return to my first loves: debate, meeting people from different backgrounds. My goal is to be my Twitter account: bullshit, super schoolboy stuff and stuff that [me] make them angry”, advanced Christophe Dechavanne, insisting on the fact that on the air, he will be “a man of [son] age. “Is 64 years old.

The possibility of live

“I would like to make people talk to find out why, how, what goes through their minds to say or do things in public that are incomprehensible to me, specifies the former host of Hello it’s us! I want to understand the world we live in. »

Other columnists and chroniclers should complete the tape. No name has yet been announced. A first pilot, that is to say a test broadcast, shot in ten days, will undoubtedly make it possible to see things more clearly.

Each issue will be recorded on the Friday preceding the broadcast. But, in the event of a large-scale event, the production does not exclude resorting to live. And in those cases, What an era! will no doubt bear its title particularly well.

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