sara gilbert getty 320 Sara Gilbert: Will you watch her version of 'The View'?It was recently announced that CBS is launching a “View”-like talk show featuring “The Early Show” co-host Julie Chen, “America’s Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne … and Sara Gilbert?

Gilbert actually developed the show, which the network says will “examine topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of mothers.” Gilbert may seem like an odd choice for the panel, but we would like to offer some arguments in favor of her inclusion.

She’s intelligent
Gilbert graduated with honors from Yale University in 1997. We aren’t saying that Ivy League schools are the end-all, be-all, but it’s nothing to scoff at either. She also has always seemed poised, well-spoken and smart in interviews. She brings a keen intellect to the panel.

She’s been around show business a long time
Gilbert is the sister of Melissa Gilbert (“Little House on the Prairie”) and decided at a young age to follow in her sister’s footsteps. She was a staple of “Roseanne” for its entire 10-season run, even penning an episode of the fourth season when she was only 17 years old, and has recently been in a recurring role on “The Big Bang Theory.” Her opinions of show business and the phenomenon of “celebrity” are well-earned.

She’s the liberal voice
Just as “The View” has conservative panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the CBS version can count on Gilbert to provide the liberal voice. She is a vegan, a known advocate for PETA and the AIDS Project (among other charities), and has been in a lesbian relationship with Allison Adler for eight years. They have two children together — son Levi’s biological mother is Adler and daughter Sawyer’s biological mother is Gilbert. In a type of show where all opinions should be heard and discussed, Gilbert will provide an interesting perspective.

The combination of news personality Julie Chen, Brit Sharon Osbourne, actresses Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete and Marissa Jaret Winokur along side Sara Gilbert is certainly an intriguing one. We think there’s room for another daytime round-table. What do you think?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."