Galan talked up for Lifetime chat host

NEW YORK — Nely Galan, the Hispanic TV personality who owns her own production company, has the inside track to land the coveted slot of host of Lifetime’s new latenight talkshow.

A Lifetime spokesman declined to comment on the network’s latenight plans, but sources said Galan’s show is in development and should be ready for a berth on the weeknight schedule within the next eight months. Galan was traveling and unavailable for comment.

One insider said Lifetime is leaning toward filling each half-hour edition of her show with two guests, one a celebrity and the other a person invited by the celebrity. The invitee could be anyone — from the celebrity’s psychiatrist or personal trainer to a talented newcomer the celebrity thinks should be given a chance to perform in public.

One idea behind this strategy is to get access to guests who make only rare appearances on talkshows. Choice guests would help Lifetime create a signature show aimed at drawing more attention — and thus more viewers —to the network.

As an on-air personality, Galan has guest-hosted on such broadcast-network series as NBC’s “Later” and “Fox After Breakfast.” For a year in the mid-’90s, she hosted “The Gossip Show” on E! Entertainment Television. In 1987, Galan hosted and produced “Bravo,” an interview show syndicated in 63 U.S. cities and drawing on guests who were well-known in the Hispanic community.

Parallel with her on-air career, she founded Galan Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based production company which puts together TV programs in English and Spanish for the U.S. and Latin American market.

The most visible special produced by Galan Entertainment is the “Bravo Awards” sponsored by the National Council of La Raza, a one-hour primetime show honoring Latinos in TV, music and film, which the Fox Network has scheduled for the past two years in December. Galan is executive producer of the special.

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