Col TriStar on a mission to find new ‘Mars’ maven

Rumors say Mondale may not host

The talk show “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” hasn’t hit the airwaves yet, but it’s already sparking chat in TV land.

“Mars’” producer-distributor Columbia TriStar Television Distribution is shopping for a new executive producer for the show, which is slated to debut in broadcast syndication this fall.

Originally, former NBC News producer Michael Rourke was attached to exec produce both “Mars” and CTTD’s upcoming court strip, “Judge Hatchett.”

A CTTD spokesman says that Rourke, whose credits include VH1’s “The List” and “The RuPaul Show,” has been developing both shows for the company since October and will now move over to concentrate full-time as exec producer of “Hatchett,” which is in pre-production.

In recent weeks, sources in the syndication and station communities also have indicated that CTTD is in the market for a new host to replace Eleanor Mondale, who has been attached to the project since it was announced last year. Both CTTD and Mondale’s reps, however, maintain that she remains the show’s host.

The show, produced in association with Merv Griffin Enterprises, is an hourlong strip inspired by the book of the same title. The format is expected to feature a celebrity panel — similar to that of “Politically Incorrect” — that discusses issues of the day.

CTTD secured a deal during the NATPE convention in January to launch the show on the NBC O&O station group.

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