Clerks director and cult comedy legend Kevin Smith is set to host a talk show pilot. The show is planned to be a daily, half hour, syndicated program that would blend discussion with celebrities and comedy.
The show is tentatively titled The Kevin Smith Project, and the show’s booking staff is pitching it as “a Regis and Kelly talk show at the opposite end of the day for the opposite kind of audience – the 12-34 demographic,” according to Vulture, who broke the news. The report says the pilot will be very Daily Show-esque, where Smith will talk water-cooler topics with a co-host followed by a celebrity interview and a comedy segment from the field.
The show is tentatively being positioned to air following TMZ’s television show in the 6-8pm timeslot on Fox stations in all the major markets. Speculation is that Smith’s new home will either be in the Warner Bros. Television Telepictures unit, or in their sister studio Twentieth Television.
Smith has been pushing more and more towards in this direction, with the popularity of his SModcasts as well as telling USA Today that he’d love to be paid to just be himself and talk. While Smith is not a usual talk show typ,e he has tons of celebrity friends which would give him access to potential guests. This could definitely be a nice change in regards to shows of this format– especially if you consider Smith’s comedy style as well as his wealth of pop culture knowledge. The question remains though: who will his co-host be: Frequent producer and his partner for SModcasts, Scott Mosier? Or everyone’s expectation Jason Mewes?