J.Lo to Jump into TV Talk-Show Field
Just days after word broke that Britney Spears is producing an on-air chat fest, now it appears that J.Lo, 34, is also looking to develop and produce her own syndicated talk show, MTV reports.
The projected debut date is as early as fall 2004 -- and, as with Spears, Lopez will probably only pop in and perform live now and then.
Lopez's show would reportedly feature the singer-actress's sister, New York TV personality and E! correspondent Lynda Lopez, and Universal Domestic Television is reportedly considering taking on the prospective show. (Universal currently distributes "Jerry Springer," "Crossing Over," "Maury" and "Blind Date.")
As for Spears's show, her rep told MTV News last week that the pop princess, 21, as executive producer, would only be a guest star on her show, not the host -- and a host has not been named yet.
Meanwhile, Britney and J.Lo aren't the only ones rushing to give Oprah and Dr. Phil a run for their money. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is gearing up an entertainment-oriented show, too, the Associated Press reports.
The program is being pitched at viewers who have outgrown MTV's "Total Request Live" but are younger than audiences for Oprah Winfrey or Dr. Phil McGraw, says Bill Carroll, who tracks the syndication market for the Katz Television Group, a media buying firm.
Seacrest's show is to air late afternoons starting in January. Other potential talk shows are said to be due from E! host Jules Asner and L.A. radio personality Jamie White.