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Can Jane Lynch, the Emmy-winning actress and host of Hollywood Game Night, find success in the wildly crowded daytime talk landscape? Warner Bros. seems to think so. The studio is in the early stages of developing a syndicated vehicle for her.
The project is in the works at Warner Bros.’ subsidiary Telepictures, which makes dominant daytime player Ellen DeGeneres’ talker — as well syndicated hits such as The Real, TMZ, Extra and The People’s Court. Lynch is working with former Fox talent-relations executive Missy Halperin on the project. They pitched the project to Mike Darnell, another former Fox bigwig, who runs unscripted and alternative television for Warner Bros.’ wide umbrella.
Lynch’s show is not planned as a venue for celebrity interviews — which is probably a good thing, considering how many other series are already doing that. Steve Harvey just relaunched his talk show, taking cues from Ellen. Megyn Kelly has also joined the fray with her third hour of Today, though that effort has proven to be a tough pill to swallow for some critics and viewers. Harry Connick Jr. has his own relatively young talk vehicle — and, of course, there are mainstays like Live With Kelly and Ryan, The Wendy Williams Show, Dr. Phil and ABC’s The View.
Though she made a name in acting, most notably starring in Fox’s Glee and a string of Christopher Guest movies, Lynch has proven herself a deft host. On top of her Hollywood Game Night gig, for which she’s won two Primetime Emmys, she hosted the Emmys herself in 2011.
If it moves forward, Lynch’s talk show is being eyed for a fall 2018 debut. Lynch is repped by WME.
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