Wednesday, April 23, 2008

lights, camera, access

Is Billy Bush the next Ryan Seacrest? The First Cousin started in radio, moved to TV and is now doing both.

In addition to his "Access Hollywood" duties, Billy has been filling in for Meredith Vieira on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" this week. And doing a fine job of it too. It seems that every couple of months they have somebody different filling in. Dave Price from the "The Early Show" and Tom Bergeron from "Dancing With the Stars" have also been on recently. Like most game shows, "Millionaire" is taped weeks in advance. The fact that they are using guest hosts instead of working around Meredith's schedule could be an indication that they are auditioning her eventual replacement. As good as Bush and Bergeron are, I suspect that New York based subs like Price and Al Roker have a slight edge over the Los Angelenos.

Bushy is returning to his radio roots with the nightly syndicated Billy Bush Show. He's on from 7 to 11pm in Los Angeles and is adding affiliates nationwide. The show has both music and celebrity interviews. I emailed Billy to ask how he's doing it. He replied that they tape his part of the show during the day and add the music later. It's has to be ready for the satellite at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Similar to Seacrest at the Super Bowl, Bush will host a red carpet show before the Kentucky Derby. Of course for Billy to be on par with Ryan, he also needs a show comparable to "American Idol." Too bad that his "Grease: You're the One that I Want" wasn't bigger.

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