Regis Philbin has a normal talk show gig on television again, and this time it will revolve around sports.
FOX Sports 1, which launches on August 17th, will take a gamble with an 82-year-old host on a debate show called Crowd Goes Wild, an interactive program that will bring viewers into the experience by reacting to the debates through social media.
The Associated Press has more on the specifics and layout of the new show.
He’ll open up each edition of the Monday-through-Friday program with a commentary, and then later interview a guest – who could be an athlete or an actor. There will be debates on the hot sports topic of the moment, but [executive producer Michael] Davies vows the conversations will be more nuanced than one person arguing the pro and another the con of the issue.
Davies already has experience working with Philbin on the famous game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Philbin has been a part of sports debate in the past, debating as a guest alongside Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith last December on everyone’s favorite sports show, First Take. It didn’t generate much news, but at least Philbin handled it surprisingly well.
While it’s weird to see FOX approach a younger audience by having an 82-year-old host a debate show, he will at least have the experience to potentially create a watchable show. Something that FT still struggles with.
CGW premieres two days after the launch of the network on Monday, August 19th.