Picks and Pans Review: Bonnie Hunt's New Career: Heeeeeere's Bonnie!

updated 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/15/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

• A dream guest for the likes of buddy David Letterman, the 46-year-old veteran of movies and sitcoms tries her own syndicated talk program. The Bonnie Hunt Show debuts Sept. 8.

WHY A TALK SHOW?
It's always been one of my favorite formats. When I was 13, for Father's Day, I taped The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and replaced the guest, who at the time was Joey Bishop, with my voice so it seemed like Johnny was interviewing me. I remember how much joy my dad would get watching The Tonight Show. That was one of my dad's favorite Father's Day gifts.

HAS YOUR PAL DAVID LETTERMAN GIVEN YOU ADVICE?
I think Dave would be the first person to say he's not one to give advice, but he's been extremely supportive and a good friend. He and Johnny both have the quality of being able to interview anybody, from a person with an interesting dog to a politician.

YOU'RE PROBABLY MORE APPROACHABLE THAN CARSON WAS.
This morning I was washing my car and a guy was walking by with his dog. I stopped to pet the dog and he said, "You've got the talk show coming up, don't you, Bonnie?" He just talked to me as if he knew me. Whenever someone says "Bonnie," I assume I went to school with them or I worked with them and think, "Uh-oh, should I know you?" People are personable to me, like I'm their friend.

WILL YOUR SHOW BE AS RELATABLE AS YOU SEEM TO BE?
It's just going to come from my heart, my point of view and my sense of humor. Hopefully there is a place for us in daytime that will be a relief from some of the DNA testing.

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