Howard Dean may host a talk show. The ex-presidential candidate met with studios last week to discuss a career in television

By Brian Hiatt
Updated May 03, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean may be entering show business — and we don’t mean all those techno remixes of his post-Iowa caucuses ”I have a scream” speech. The former governor of Vermont met with studios last week to discuss the idea of hosting his own talk show, according to Reuters. He was accompanied in his pitch meetings by Larry Lyttle, former head of Big Ticket Television, which produces ”Judge Judy” and ”The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” Reuters reported.

”[Dean is] a little bit of Howard Beale, a little Dr. Phil and a little Donahue all rolled into one,” Lyttle told Variety. ”What was so appealing to me is the fact that he’s not afraid to express an opinion.” Dean might not appreciate the comparison to the fictional Beale, who, in 1976’s ”Network,” ranted, ”I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” But then again, Beale did have a successful talk show.