Chaz Bono is reportedly developing a panel-style talk show for men.
Chaz raised the possibility of such a show — positioned as “The View” for men — in a recent interview on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. As a result, unnamed parties have asked Chaz to develop the idea further, according to this story in the New York Post.
“He is being asked to do tests and put together a pilot,” an unidentified source told the tabloid.
Who would be on such a show? Chaz told Stern the other men on the panel would be three of his “Dancing With the Stars” co-stars — Carson Kressley, David Arquette and newly crowned champion J.R. Martinez.
There was no word on whether this show would move past the “idea” stage. Nor is there any guarantee that such a panel show would work for a male audience.
Panel shows — featuring four or five diverse co-hosts — are all the rage these days, starting with “The View” and continuing with more recent entrants such as “The Talk” and “The Doctors” on CBS, the cooking-oriented show “The Chew” on ABC, and others.
The “male ‘View’ ” idea has been tried before but with little success. Back in 2001-03, there was a syndicated daytime show called “The Other Half,” with male co-hosts Danny Bonaduce, Mario Lopez and Dick Clark. That show failed to find a big enough audience to sustain it for more than two seasons. And since then, there have been no multi-host talk shows for men except for shows on sports channels such as ESPN.
Whether men would respond favorably to a show featuring Chaz Bono, who’s been a man only since completing sex-change procedures in 2010, is anyone’s guess.
Chaz, the off-spring of Sonny and Cher Bono who was once known as Chastity, was seen on the just-concluded season of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC, and in a documentary special this past Sunday on OWN, “Being Chaz” (a followup to an earlier special called “Becoming Chaz”).