Image Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Donna Ward/Getty Images; Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosOprah’s time slot is still occupied — her show doesn’t end until next year — but already the competition is circling. Yesterday, it was reported by The Daily News that Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, who created ABC’s wildly popular daytime schmoozefest The View, are working on a “unisex” spin-off series to air in Oprah’s afternoon slot once it’s vacated. Like The View, it would be a sofa-based daily talk show with five co-hosts chatting about the issues of the day. The difference would be that instead of five women, some of the co-hosts would be male.
ABC isn’t commenting, but the News reported that Walters and Geddie are thinking of Bryant Gumbel for the job, along with Filipino comedian Alec Mapa. That could work. But, frankly, we were hoping for something a little more surprising. How about an opinionated star like Robin Williams? Or Kal Penn — the former government employee would serve as a good White House correspondent, no? And then there’s always James Carville, one of the most entertaining talking heads out there (even if he makes it tough for others to get a word in edgewise). Or Tim Allen. Or Jeff Foxworthy. Or that guy from the Old Spice ads. People, the possibilities are endless.
What do you think, Popwatchers? What male personalities would you most like to spend your afternoon viewing hours with? And would this show fare better or worse than The Other Half, NBC’s short-lived View clone for men?