Bestselling scribe Jackie Collins is in talks with CBS to host a celebrity chatshow strip for KCBS that eventually could be rolled out in national syndication by CBS’ Eyemark Entertainment.
Reps for KCBS and Eyemark declined to comment, but sources say the plan is to test the show over the summer on KCBS before committing to a national launch. Sources also cautioned that no formal deal has been inked, although Collins and CBS have been kicking around ideas for a show for some time.
Details about the show itself were sketchy, but it’s understood that it will be celebrity-oriented with an emphasis on the local showbiz and nightlife scene. It’s unclear where KCBS would sked the series, although the station will soon have a vacancy at 4:30 p.m. when the just-canceled syndie newsmag “American Journal” ends its run in June.
Collins, sister of former “Dynasty” star Joan Collins, is known for steamy gulp-fiction tomes like “Hollywood Wives,” “Hollywood Husbands,” “Hollywood Kids” and “Lady Boss.” Her latest, “Thrill,” is right in line with the new Hollywood ethos, centering on love, lust, stalking and betrayal on the set of a low-budget indie film.
A number of Collins’ titles have been turned into TV miniseries, and she’s a frequent guest on the talkshow circuit, but the KCBS project is believed to be her first stab at a regular TV hosting gig.