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Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends is an [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] network daytime talk\variety show starring Caryl Kristensen & Marilyn Kentz.

The show aired from June 10, 1996 to May 30, 1997. It series was produced by Viacom Productions.


The program was hosted by Marilyn Kentz and Caryl Kristensen (who gained fame as the comedy duo known as The Mommies).

The show offered lighter fare which consisted of humor, celebrity guests, cooking segments, fashion tips and health issues.

The two hosts did not want to use the "Mommies" name for this series, as they had for their previous television effort (a short-lived sitcom for NBC which was produced by Viacom's Paramount Network Television), for they wanted to use their longtime friendship as the basis for the show.


"Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends" was stunted by heavy pre-emptions or relocation to overnight timeslots by ABC affiliates which had been displeased by the network's previous mid-day lifestyle programming, "The Home Show" & "Mike and Maty (in addition to tough competition from CBS's longtime ratings powerhouse, "The Price Is Right").

The show also had the disadvantage of being produced by an outside distributor in Viacom, which meant ABC had little to no input on the program's content.

The show's ratings never improved at all from ABC's previous efforts, and it was canceled two weeks before the first anniversary of its premiere to be replaced by "The View", which has remained in the timeslot since. [[Category:ABC Shows]]