According to New York magazine's Vulture blog, Smith's show will be a half-hour of pop culture talk, with Smith and a co-host discussing topics of interest, followed by a comedy segment from the field (à la 'The Daily Show') and a single celebrity interview. The syndicated show would be poised to follow 'TMZ' during the 6–8PM window on Fox stations.
This strikes us as the ideal career move for a celebrity who always has something interesting or outrageous to say, especially one whose movie career may not be firing on all cylinders. In fact, we can think of several other mouthy movie people who might do well as talk show hosts. For instance ...
The former 'Transformers' siren is clearly not afraid of bad-mouthing her bosses and biting the hand that feeds her, even when it may cost her a job. Plus, she's hot. She may not be the next action-franchise female lead, but she could be the next Chelsea Handler.
Sure, the director's 'Twelve' went nowhere and there are still Bat-fans who won't forgive him for 'Batman and Robin' but he's got decades' worth of dirt to dish, and he's not afraid to do it. (When I interviewed him after 'Batman Forever,' he complained loudly about what a pain Val Kilmer was to work with, then said about his potentially bridge-burning comments, "What's the worst that could happen? That I'll never work with him again?")
If he ever leaves '30 Rock' (as he keeps threatening to do) and the character parts in Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen movies dry up, he could make a whole show out of answering the sort of fan questions he's been addressing on his Twitter feed lately (h/t to RadarOnline). Besides, if you've ever seen him chatting insightfully about classic movies with Robert Osborne on TCM, you know he can handle the format.
Hasn't been seen much at the multiplex lately, but he's never at a loss for words.
Nearly 30 years ago, on 'Saturday Night Live,' he used to spoof 'The Joe Franklin Show,' poking gentle fun at the aging, nostalgia-minded Borscht-Belt host who was a living link to a long-gone era of showbiz. Today, he is Joe Franklin.
Admit it. You'd watch.
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