11 July 2008

Look who's getting his talk show!

Ellen and Tyra would have to scoot over and make room for Carson Kressley. He's been offered to host a noontime talk show on the Lifetime channel(a cable network in the US).

Based on this report:
Kressley is expected to mention the new talk show project at the TV Critics Assn.'s press tour Friday, when he promotes the second season of the Lifetime reality series "How to Look Good Naked," which he hosts.

The untitled talker, intended to air Monday-Friday, will feature the "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" alum in both a studio and the field interviewing real people and offering viewers insight into fashion and other topics.

Daytime talk shows in cable are very rare, with Oxygen's two-hour "Pure Oxygen" as a notable example. Samet admitted that Lifetime likely would not be looking to a talk show were it not for Kressley.

"We don't know that we would do it without him," she said. "He is so articulate and funny, and he is totally accessible. To dive into the talk show world, which is a difficult thing to launch in cable, you need a personality attached that is known. He is perfect for our demo."

Samet said the format of the show still is being worked out but that it's not intended to be a celebrity-driven show, instead focusing on real people. For example, instead of Kressley interviewing Tom Cruise, he might interview the actor's "fifth grade math teacher."

Fashion also will be a big component, given Kressley's knowledge in that arena. But instead of traveling to Paris for fashion week, he might travel to Paris, Ky., and help the women put together a couture look by shopping at Target.

The pilot is scheduled to shoot in September.

Snaps for Carson!