Craig Kilborn, who was once one of the ESPN’s best SportsCenter anchors before making a career out of hosting shows that his successors improved (Jon Stewart with “The Daily Show” and Craig Ferguson with “The Late Late Show”), will once again host a television show that may air as soon as this summer. The New York Times’s Media Decoder has the details:
[Kilborn] is about to return to television in a prospective show for 20 TV, the syndication arm of Fox’s television stations.
The show in development would not be a late-night show, according to executives who are aware of the proposed deal. But a memo sent by the show’s producer seeking staff members described it as a combination of a talk show with a “nonpolitical ‘Daily Show.’ ”
The show is likely to get a trial run on Fox stations this summer… [Unlike Conan O’Brien’s proposed show with Fox], a show with Mr. Kilborn will not be on the Fox network. It would instead run on the group of local stations owned by Fox. And the executives aware of the deal emphasized it was not intended to be a late-night show. It could potentially be a daytime entry, along the lines of similar syndicated entertainment shows like the one hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
I dunno, I’m kind of done with Kilborn. I thought he was great on Sporstcenter, and I even liked the greasy charm of his “Five Questions” segment on the first iteration of “The Daily Show.” But seeing what Stewart and Ferguson have done in his wake, I’m perfectly content to not watch him host this show and see what the next guy does. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you turn the “smarm” dial down a little.