If you smell sulfur in the air on Monday, don’t fret. It’s just TMZ fluttering through the airwaves.
The site that broke the Mel Gibson arrest and the Michael Richards comedy-club bigotry will stick its heavy fist into the crowded hole of celebutainment television shows, debuting, of course, on Fox.
Harvey Levin, managing editor of TMZ.com will exec produce the nightly half=hour shows and host. Because he’s just that pretty.
Levin told the Associated Press:
“It doesn’t feel like the other shows … We’re not sucking up (to stars). We’re not doing junkets. We’re not doing red carpets,” Levin said.
To which his competition answered: Ha!
Bring it on, said TMZ’s rivals, including sibling Telepictures entry Extra, returning for its 14th season Monday.
“The way I look at it, we’re in the limo with the stars. They’re chasing the limo,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Extra senior executive producer (and Levin’s former colleague on Celebrity Justice). “It’s a completely different point of view.”