File this one under “unsurprising news.” Kevin Smith is hosting a talk show pilot that will play to the sensibilities of a younger crowd in a Daily Show-like format, with the working title of The Kevin Smith Project. Watch your back, Rachel Zoe! What this means for his incubating comic-book reality show in unknown at the moment.
Smith has been one of the most prolific and popular podcasters in recent years, so the leap to a talk show seems to be almost pre-ordained. The show would contain some banter, possibly in the form of a monologue, a celebrity interview, then a field piece or skit. While Smith has made his career on dialogue, I’m not sure how well he would fare in the monologue piece, the interview and field pieces would seem to be right up his alley.
Right now, the show, which would be syndicated, is reaching out to Smith’s fans as audience members and courting a pilot guest. (Smart money’s on Affleck.) Smith’s extremely likable, but the middle of his career saw much of his fan base tire of him, so it’s uncertain how five 30-minute shows per week would ingratiate him to a new audience.