With the status of her NBC sitcom "Whitney" up in the air, comedian Whitney Cummings has signed on to host a new talk show on the E! network. Cummings will join fellow NBC sitcom star and E! host Chelsea Handler on the entertainment news network. Cummings has been a panelist on "Chelsea Lately," Handler's talk show, many times. Handler will serve as an executive producer on "Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings," which will debut later this year.
Cummings has had an up and down year on TV. The show she co-created for CBS, "2 Broke Girls" has found itself an audience, and some relatively good reviews. However, the sitcom she stars on for NBC has not done so well, and has already been moved around the schedule. Cummings show on E! will be a half-hour long and will feature Whitney cracking wise about pop-culture. Said Whitney of the new show, " This show gives me a chance to get back to my stand-up roots, and I'm really excited to be able to say almost whatever I'd like on TV again."
Hosting a talk show has proven to be quite a challenge for many stars and celebrities. Here are a few of the more notable flops and fizzles.
"The Magic Hour" Hosted By Magic Johnson - Long-considered one of the nicest guys in professional sports, the NBA legend who helped save the league in the early 1980s thanks in part to his rivalry with Larry Bird, took on a late night talk show in 1998. Unfortunately, Magic's natural charm and charisma came off as kind of forced and unsure, and the show was canceled within four months of being on the air.
"The Chevy Chase Show" Hosted by Chevy Chase - In 1993, the fledgling Fox network was trying to forget the failure of another late night talk show when it tapped the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member to tackle a show of his own. But Chevy's show sputtered and died a horrible death, lasting just five weeks, and just about permanently scaring Fox out of the late night scene for good.
"The Dennis Miller Show" Hosted By Dennis Miller - Comedian Dennis Miller was another "SNL" alum who got a shot at a late night show in the early 1990s. In 1992, his talk show debuted in syndication. Despite musical appearances from popular bands of the time, the show was only able to stay afloat for a few short months, eventually being canceled in late July of the same year.
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