CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) - Ryan Seacrest has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television to create a syndicated talk show for the "American Idol" host.
"Ryan's appeal has helped to make 'American Idol' one of the biggest success stories in network television," said 20th TV president Bob Cook in a press release touting the news. "We're tremendously excited to bring Ryan's unique talent and style, which has been an instant hit with primetime audiences, to daily television."
"There's a huge audience of entire families across the country that are as hooked on pop culture as I am," added Seacrest, who will also serve as an executive producer. "The bottom line is that there isn't a daily, live show that satisfies that craving. We're marrying the news magazine and variety show to bring a hybrid of entertainment and information to America, and I can't wait!"
Specific details about the untitled series were not announced other than it is expected to bow some time in 2004.