Part of the show debuting Oct. 6 will be done in front of a live studio audience and other segments will be taped. “Kids Rule” has children explaining rules to Haddish, “Best Carpool Ever” takes place in a minivan, “Love Talk” has relationship advice, and “Granny Tiff” shows Haddish disguised as an elderly woman being helped with technology.
Haddish’s clothing and hairstyles take a decidedly conservative bent compared to her standup shows.
“I’m not about to show up in slinky dresses to talk to kids, so I don’t want them to think I’m a lady of the night,” she said. “You want children to respect you. I’m like a teacher or businesswoman to them. Kids look at you and decide who you are. Grown-ups are a whole other story.”
As a product of the foster care system growing up in Los Angeles, Haddish knew what it’s like not be heard.
“I feel like it’s very important to listen to kids,” she said. “I feel like kids should be seen and heard.”
So did TV personality Linkletter, who originated the concept with segments on his “House Party” show that aired on CBS from 1945-69. Linkletter died in 2010.
Bill Cosby hosted a version on the same network from 1998-2000.