John & Leeza From Hollywood” jumps into the fray with its take on how to make a successful talkshow. Featuring plenty of live remotes, show may have hit a formula that could make the old look new again. If spirited debut and upcoming guest teases are any indication, “J&L” should fare well against competition such as “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” (although in some markets, “J&L” follows the New York-based show).
John Tesh and Leeza Gibbons, the duo from “Entertainment Tonight,” host the daily hourlong program.
Tesh, with his toothy grin and low voice, shows more spunk here than during his previous outing, the short-lived “One On One With John Tesh,” also on NBC.
Gibbons is a good foil, with her effusive demeanor allowing her to find excitement in the mundane. While safe questions abound, and worn-out Tinseltown tidbits occupy some of the commercial bumpers, Gibbons looks like she’s enjoying herself, which should play well in Peoria.
The live-via-satellite segments — used for interviews with Paul McCartney from Philly and with Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers from Cerritos — could become an important part of the program.
Entertainment reporter Sam Rubin basically reprises his role as the “KTLA Morning News” man-about-town and regurgitates last week’s breakfast interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger among his stories.
Set, with its couches and huge video wall, looks like something from a big-budget infomercial — which, based on the popularity of the genre, may not be a bad thing.