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Stephen A. Smith to Get Late Night Gig on Showtime?

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Well this is unexpected.

The LA Times is reporting that sportswriter and broadcaster Stephen A. Smith is in “serious talks” with Showtime to host a late night talk show.

Smith who first rose to prominence as a sports columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, is no stranger to anyone who watches ESPN or Fox Sports. Besides being a regular on ESPN’s basketball show “NBA Shootaround,” he also had his own show on ESPN2 called “Quite Frankly.” Smith, who is known for his brash style, hosts a nationally syndicated radio show.

In an interview, Smith said there is are a “lot of things still to be ironed out.” Executive producers for the project are Tracey Edmonds and Sheila Duckworth, who were executive producers of the Showtime drama “Soul Food.” The search is on for a show runner.

Definitely an interesting potential choice by Showtime, to say the least. Smith is unquestionably the most popular punching bag of the sports media universe. When former Jimmy Kimmel Live writer and current ESPN blogger Bill Simmons got wind of a potential Smith Showtime gig, he tweeted, “Is today April 1st?”

But Smith’s opinionated, if sometimes ill-informed, style does seem to draw eyeballs. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

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