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Tori Spelling and Jeff Lewis Team Up for New Talk Show

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 12th 2010 8:55AM

Jeff LewisFans of 'Flipping Out' rejoice! In the scramble to fill the Oprah-sized hole in its daytime programming, ABC has turned to straight-talking real-estate speculator and reality TV star Jeff Lewis.

ABC Media Production's been working on a daytime talk show for Tori Spelling for some time, and according to the Los Angeles Times, Lewis has been tapped to be her co-host.

There's been no word yet on what topics will be covered by the show, which is still in the development stage, but word is that it wants to be a talk show version of 'Will & Grace.' Sources say that the openly gay Lewis had good onscreen chemistry with Spelling in the test pilot shot last week.

Although ABC's daytime schedule is busy, with four soaps in the lineup, a new talk show could find a natural home in the late afternoon spot once Oprah vacates it.

Lewis is best-known for his outspokenness on 'Flipping Out,' which follows him and his team as they buy, refurbish and then "flip" houses in and around Los Angeles. A self-confessed Type-A control freak and OCD sufferer, who berates his team for all transgressions, he seems like a great foil for the more subdued Spelling.

As well as 'Flipping Out,' which has aired on Bravo since 2007, Lewis is a regular guest on Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live,' and has been a -- hilarious yet merciless -- guest judge on reality shows like 'Top Design' and 'Top Chef Masters.'

ABC is also developing a daytime cooking/talk show featuring Danny Boome from the Food Network's 'Rescue Chef.'

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I CAN NOT believe this. They cancel Bonnie Hunt but think that Tori "the vapid moron" Spelling is a person we want to see on televison. I love Jeff Lewis, I can only hope that he doesn't "jump the shark" and go through with this.

November 15 2010 at 4:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

COME ONE!!!!!! This just takes up space and makes you look like an idiot.

November 15 2010 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't believe ABC is going to wast T.V. time on these two...If your going to put ANOTHER talk show on ABC should use people that will be interesting
not dim wits that couldn't think themselves out of a paperbag stay on BRAVO where I don't watch your shows once a week

November 14 2010 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No Way is the going to Fly!

November 14 2010 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jeff is gonna chew her up and spit her out all over Beverly Hills...and she ain't got Daddy to protect her any more..

November 14 2010 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tori Spelling? You HAVE to be kidding. TV is so full of these no account talk shows and unimaginative reality shows. Bring back the dramas...e.g. Armstrong Circle Theater, Loretta Young Show......TV had some substance in its early years.

November 14 2010 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh PLEASE not another talk show...we're over loaded with them already!

November 14 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, please. It's bad enough she's on basic cable. Now you want to put her on broadcast television? Enough already!

November 12 2010 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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