Barbara Walters Plans All-Male 'The View'


CBS might be planning a new mom-centric talk show designed to compete with 'The View,' but ABC is developing its own panel show spinoff for the daytime market -- this time, it's an all-male version.


The New York Daily News reports that 'View' creators Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie have decided to recreate the format of their successful show, which has been on the air since 1997, using a new set of celebrity panelists. Fancast.com names former 'Today' host Bryant Gumbel, comedian Alec Mapa, former BET news anchor Jacque Reid and former Fox News personality E.D. Hill as the potential co-hosts.


According to the NYDN's source, the new series, which is still in the development stage, wouldn't necessarily be advertised as "male" but rather "unisex." It would air in the soon-to-be Oprah-less afternoons and be shot in L.A. rather than New York.


The "Male 'View'" concept has been done before: Dick Clark's 'The Other Half' ran for two years with Mario Lopez, Danny Bonaduce, Dr. Jan Adams and Dorian Gregory joining Clark on the all-male panel.


With Walters masterminding ABC's new project, however, the show sounds like it will definitely stand a fighting chance in the crowded daytime market. The only question: Is there actually an audience that will watch?


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