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Filmmaker Hosts Pilot
For Nightly Talk Fest!!

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Writer-director-producer and Comic Con fixture Kevin Smith (“Cop Out,” “Red State”) wants his own talk show, and is hosting a pilot for a nightly syndicated effort aimed at audiences aged 12-34.

Each half-hour show will feature one celebrity interview much as “The Daily Show” does.

The restless Smith has long hosted his own podcast and created and starred in an MTVu “reality sitcom” titled “Sucks Less With Kevin Smith.”

How long before Ricky Gervais and Seth MacFarlane demand their own daily talk shows as well?

Find all of Joe Adalian’s Vulture story on the matter here.

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  • July 27, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    man, this surely is sign of the apocalypse

    by BILLY

    Or that he is crippled creatively as a director. Yeah, it's probably the latter

  • I think those flick(most) are fun/entertaining.But your last suckfest.

  • And Steve Merchant is his Andy Richter. So basically just The Ricky Gervais Show, but live action.

  • July 27, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    For all you Kevin Smith haters out there...

    by Gabe Athouse

    ...I give you, for your enjoyment, the rest of his career. Happy now?

  • July 27, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith fan but not sure about this

    by lostboytexas

    The guy is entertaining as hell in his college appearances etc, and his podcast is great BUT him interviewing famous people? Dont see it. Howard Stern is the greatest interviewer there is, that mofo needs a prime time show.

  • July 27, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by lostboytexas

    where the fuck is the follow up to J+SBSB? BUNG!

  • July 27, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    The article references an unnamed co-host. If it's Ralph Garman, I'm there.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Garmy strong.

  • July 27, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    So Very Excited

    by walfrid

    And here's why: Kevin Smith stopped caring about trying to be a part of "the industry". He seemed to realize somewhere along the way that there's some good ass people out there and if you hang out with them and talk to them and promote them as people and in their passions that great stuff follows. So hopefully he won't get stuck into a Leno-style routine and he'll be able to probe into areas of "the industry" people don't really talk about and they can offer up alternatives to the mainstream media works. If nothing else, I find the guy entertaining so seeing more of him I'm ok with!

  • July 27, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    He's the male Rosie O'Donnel

    by torontoxic

    An end of the day talk show for a younger audience. Yup that's how they pitched Rosie. Way to go, Kevin Smith. You found a way to show the world you're not the loser we thought you were. You're an even bigger loser. Who is the cohost? Somebody hip and trendy I hope like Aziz or a black guy. <P> Time for fatshit to again pretend he's in on the joke he's turned his life into. I guess he was sweating too much when he auditioned for Dancing with the Stars?

  • July 27, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    If it's a syndicated effort.....

    by drewlicious

    I would think he'd have to tone down the swearing. That will be pretty hard for him considering that he has a fondness for really graphic gay jokes.

  • July 27, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by Loosejerk

    Sorry, something in my throat. To which an ever witty Smith would probably say "yeah, my cock" or something similar. Smith is just grasping these days. His films are shit. Hollywood now knows he can't direct and his dialogue was good ONLY in the indie universe. He's going to be selling bras on "Perkier Boobs" next.

  • July 27, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    See what smokin' weed all day does to you kids?

    by thelordofhell

    Just say.........bro' pass dat over

  • July 27, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Here's the premise...

    by JethroBodine

    Kevin sits around in front of an audiance and figures out a way to incorporate a Star Wars or Star Trek reference into every other segment, and then when he's not busy doing that he talks about how fat he is. SEEN IT B4! NOT INTERESTED!

  • July 27, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST


    by JethroBodine

    Stupid AICN spell check.

  • July 27, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Kevin Smith: great speaker, terrible director.

    by Happyfat73

    This could be the right move for him. Unless, of course, some critic dare criticise his work, which might give him the vapors again.

  • July 27, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    The only problem with this....

    by Spooky Howell

    Is that it's only half an hour long and aimed at a younger audience. I guess it's alright since we can get all the S.I.R. stuff we want already. Kev's a great interviewer. He's getting better at it all the time. That Joe Rogan interview was insane! I don't know how well it will play to a PG audience though. Kev can't keep from talking about Pussy, his cock and weed for more than five minutes. -Nootch

  • July 27, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Is he still incredibly fat?

    by scudd

    That's not the role model our children should have.

  • July 27, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    12-34? Is he relevant to anyone under 40?

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    12 year olds everywhere just love anecdotes about Jon Peters' giant spider obsession that occurred two years before they were born.

  • July 27, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by Bobo_Vision

    Because staying fat isn't cheap.

  • July 27, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck the haters

    by LouisCedar

    Smith is great, and a talkshow with him as the host will be funny as hell. FUCK THE HATERS, Sir, I look forward to the show! Not going to address said haters, because arguing with them implies that they have valid opinions. Which they don't. So fuck 'em!

  • July 27, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I find it hard to get through his G4 segments

    by INWOsuxRED

    and those are a minute or two long.

  • July 27, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Another well thought out opinion that can be dismissed

    by torontoxic

    If you use the words: hater, haters, diva, flow, organic, or dis you are not worth listening to ever. <P> Anyway...male Rosie O'Donnel.

  • July 27, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    I'm totally down with this.

    by george

    His Q&A DVDs are better than any of the films he's made in over a decade.

  • July 27, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Been a fan of Smith's since I was 13 and always will be

    by JediRob

    I definitely don't like everything he does, some things I have very much disliked, but I still think he has plenty to offer to entertainment. Maybe a talk show is exactly what he need. I'll definitely give it a shot.

  • July 27, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    According to Newsweek Magazine.....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...Kevin Smith has a very tiny wiener which is hidden by rolls of fat that hang over his genitals from his belly. Therefore, the primary stimulation of his ego comes from his career and his drug and food obsessions because his sex life is null and void.

  • July 27, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    I like Kevin Smith

    by Henry Fool

    Sure, Cop Out was probably crap (still haven't seen it). But I really liked "Zack & Miri" & "Jersey Girl". I thought they struck a good chord between being funny and being intelligently written character studies. That Sweeney Todd scene in Jersey still makes me chuckle when I think about it.<br /> <br /> I enjoyed what I've seen of "An Evening With Kevin Smith". That story about the giant spider and Jon Peters on the Superman Lives production was some classic stuff. I think he'd actually be a pretty good talk show host. But he'll never be as good as Conan. I think Conan is our age's Johnny Carson.<br /> <br /> Opinions are subjective and all are entitled to disagree but if you hate Conan, FUCK YOU!!!

  • July 27, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Great films. Great guy. Big mistake.

    by cookepuss

    1. At his best, the man is a rip. Hilarious at every turn. At his worst..... Any of you ever see his appearance on Charlie Rose in `99 before? They might as well replaced him with a bag of potatoes and nobody would've been the wiser. Correction. A bag of potatoes would've contributed more. Smith is uneven in these types of situations. 2. Do we really trust Smith to self-censor? No matter how much slack MTV cuts him, he'll always push it further. 3. Smith does love his chronic. Don't use it myself, but I've got not problem with people who smoke up. Still, do we really think that he'll be consistently clearheaded enough to maintain a 30 minute conversation? That's a big question too. 4. Kevin Smith just shy of 41 now. Do we honestly expect that he'll hold any sort of appeal to an audience that would rather watch shit like Teen Mom or Jersey Shore? MTVu is supposed to appeal to college students. 18-21 years old. Smith might as well be their dad. No offense to Smith, but he really hasn't been in touch with the yungins' for, well, ever. With the original Clerks, he was appealing to the mid-20s demo. That was 17 years ago. Unless they go for the stoner audience and stick him on at 3am to debate the merits of Cheetos VS Funions, the man has no show relevant to college age types. 5. Is Smith still even a star? Not ad dig. It's just been a while since a legit hit. (Please don't say Cop Out.) And reality TV? REALLY!?! Kev, think about this. Look at who appears on reality TV. ... Anna Nicole Smith ... MC Hammer ... Kirstie Alley ... Jessica Simpson ... Vanilla Ice ... Bobby Brown ... SNOOKIE!!!! All has beens or never was types. You're not in the best company here, dude. Is this really a step up? Kev, do you really, REALLY want to be on the `10s version of the Chevy Chase Show? Bad move, man. This is not a career move. This is a paycheck. Mr. Smith... Get back to writing stuff that people care about and about people we can care about. Get off this train. It's just televised masturbation and reeks of a last ditch attempt to be relevant with the youth crowd. You're better than that. You're too good for this. Definitely too good for a network that used to be known for music. Now the M just stands for Meh.

  • Dude looks _almost_ Clerks 1 skinny now.

  • July 27, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Used to love Smith's movies. Now I don't hate him...

    by beastie

    but can really only still enjoy Clerks. Anyway, he is a great speaker and I could see this working, as long as he's willing to take constructive criticism from professionals and not end up like Chevy Chase.

  • July 27, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Cop Out was shit but everything else was A+

    by lostboytexas

    If Cop Out put some cash into Kev's pocket then I'll forgive and forget. CUM NUGGETS!

  • They couldn't be arsed to do 2 seconds of research, so they just make shit up.

  • July 28, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Super. He could take those paychecks and make more films.

    by Jaka

    Which would work just fine for me.

  • July 28, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Did Red State ever come out?

    by FlandersBum

    Heard about it on this site for years and years but never saw it released. Was it that bad?

  • He took it on a limited release tour, where it made its money back, and sold the distribution rights abroad. There will be an Academy qualifying theatrical run next month, so that he can try to get Michael Parks a nomination. If I remember rightly, the movie will be released nationwide in October, under Lionsgate. And it will also come out on VOD for 10 bucks at around the same time. Red State was a movie that was being released without studio marketing behind it, because Smith was convinced it was wasted money chasing cinema tickets that were never going to materialise. And he kind of had a point. All the marketing money in the world couldn't get an audience for Zack and Miri, and that was when Seth Rogan was as hot as shit. Smith has a small but loyal fanbase. He wanted to prove that that fanbase was enough to make a 4 million dollar movie profitable. They were. The investors got their money back within 12 months. That's virtually UNHEARD of in Hollywood. The Red State tour sold out most of its venues, and made a very respectable per-cinema average. But most of his fans who want to see the movie, will have to wait until October, like everyone else.

  • July 28, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Hes is not the greatest director, but he is a good showman

    by CuervoJones

    And i still love Clerks.

  • A new trailer was released, and it's get a limited 'Oscar' run at the Beverly in LA. Without even getting into the quality of the movie, it's kinda interesting that a lot of sites haven't reported about those two things. Wonder if it's retaliation for Smith's anti critic rants.

  • July 28, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST


    by Darth_Tarantino

    He's clearly lost a ton of weight but refuses to do himself a favour and dress well to accentuate the weight loss. You don't lose that much weight and continue to wear jerseys that could house a family of four! Kev doesn't seem to understand that he can look good if he just wears something that suits him. But that's not really the issue here. My thoughts on a Kevin Smith chatshow are quite simple; don't do it, sir. I enjoy his Q&A banter a great deal but I honestly don't see it working in a nightly, half-an-hour, age-restrictive format. It's time he focused his energy on making good films again.

  • July 28, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Gervais had a talk show before The Office fame

    by pw

  • July 28, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I don't understand how people think he can't swear.

    by V'Shael

    He's been on Leno as a guest and correspondant, he's been a variety of talkshows, he even went on that talentless cunts show Chelsea Handler. He knows how to talk without swearing. It's not difficult.

  • July 28, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Listen to Smodcast

    by eric haislar

    And you will understand why this is a good idea.

  • If I never see or hear his voice again, it will be too soon. 6 months of "too fat to fly", "where the puck is going", repeating the same 4 stories over and over because the all of the THC has skullfucked his memory, bitching and moaning constantly because somebody, somewhere isn't completely in love with all of his movies, his co-dependent relationship with Jay Mewes because he has to dominate SOMEBODY to make him feel better about himself, acting like anybody with less than 1,000,000 Twitter followers isn't entitled to an opinion, acting like you should be giving him all of your money because it's a privilege to hear him say the same shit that you can watch on youtube or hear on his podcasts for free. I'm done with this guy for the foreseeable future. I'm done with his new media empire, his movies, both past & future and anything Kevin Smith related.

  • July 28, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    He's fat? Is he from Oklahoma?

    by Sinestro

    30% of population is obese. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • Have at it Kev. Cant be any worse than The View.

  • July 28, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    yea but ricky gervais would actually be a good talkshow host

    by jsfithaca

    kevin smith, not so much

  • July 28, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Smith should do stand up and just tour.

    by Quake II

    Forget another talk show. The market's too crowded already. Take the "Evening With" tour on the road and sell out medium sized theaters. Then make lower budget films with heart ala Chasing Amy with the money earned.

  • July 28, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    quake ii

    by eric haislar

    He already does that with his Smodcast.

  • July 28, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    He should interview Spike Lee

    by crazybubba

    they're alike in a lot of ways. Rebel directors that make their own rules and their both pretty funny.

  • July 28, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Would be great on G4

    by A_Banned_Apart

    Elsewhere? A quick painful death. I'd like to see it succeed though; while I am pretty much done with him as a filmmaker, I do still enjoy his Q&A stuff.

  • July 28, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    As long as his 1st show has Bruce Willis and Reese Witherspoon

    by thelordofhell

    Now that would be must see T.V.

  • After a Comic Con, didn't Smith say that one of his movie exec producers say that he wanted Smith to host his own talk show? I am not surprised of this news. When I heard that this next hockey film of Smith's would be his last...I half expected to hear about him getting a talk show gig.

  • July 28, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Giving this fat sack of shit his ta

    by Nabster

  • It might even be worse than the John Macenroe talk show. Kevin Smith is one of the shittiest film makers of his generation.

  • July 28, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Not sure I could stand to watch him interview people

    by Jonathan Hicks

    Cause he's one of those guys that if you don't like what he likes, then you're a twat. And he'll tell you that. Twat.

  • July 28, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Fuck Conan,Now here's a late night show I'd watch....

    by j2talk

  • July 28, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    If you want to be coherent, better cut back on the weed fatty

    by TheApostle

  • July 28, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Sounds cool but I like the SModcast format better

    by kafka07

    Smith can let loose on the SMod. I'd watch his tv talk show but it would be too censored for my liking. I want my Smith with a poo poo mouth!

  • July 29, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    "Poser's Corner" with Kevin Smith, I get it.

    by cookylamoo

  • July 29, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Can the Harry Knowels show be far behind.

    by cookylamoo

    Around his hospital bed, Harry draws John Favreu, Frank Darbount, and other director's whose work he has hyped unrelentingly.