By David Poland email@example.com
Trying To Fill Ebert
ADDED, Friday 11:51a – Jay Leno As Guest Host
I guess I need to speak to this, after having spoken to the Kevin Smith thing…
Again, Leno will be great. He really loves movies. (He used to call in on our Saturday afternoon radio show here in L.A. and never wanted to be JAY LENO, but really wanted to just talk movies.) And obviously, he knows how to be on TV.
They are shooting in L.A., on a makeshift set. Of course, the heart of this show has always been that it is in Chicago and doesn’t stunt in NY or L.A.
What is interesting to me, as I think about it, is that the bigger the name opposite Roeper, the more I will miss Roger… the more distant the whole thing will be from The Man. I know this is not the intent of Mr. Leno or Mr. Smith. But it is what I think I will feel.
I suspect that there will be a lot of discussion about getting Joel Siegel or David Ansen or Richard Corliss or Tony Scott (Manohla won’t do it, I don’t think) into the E-seat in the 3rd guest slot, just to bring the show back to some sense of its roots. But good ratings for Leno would probably kill that and send Regis Philbin into the spot.
And really, much as I respect Leno and his love of films, bumping Kevin Smith like a talk show guest who steps back because your “A” guest finally said “yes,” is kinda grotesque.
It’s getting sordid.
Kevin Smith To Fill Ebert