Hello folks,
I’ve only posted here once before and it, too was a request for assistance (thanks, MC!). If you don’t take kindly to non- contributors coming into the group and asking for a cup of brains, please don’t give this post another thought.
However, if anyone feels like it, I’d be grateful for any thoughts you may have.
Here’s the situation. A few co-writers and I are getting fairly far along with developing a reality show, and are expecting to meet with a few networks in the next month or two. We’d like to be able to give them ideas for who could be the host. (I can’t provide any details about the show I realize this may hamper your ability to help.)

This is one of those shows where the host is really crucial; like, say, Mike Rowe in “Dirty Jobs.” Ideally they’d be curious, enthusiastic, sincere, sharp, funny, and interesting in their own right.
We’re thinking about three main categories of person, and I’m wondering if any names occur to you in any of the categories.

First, actors and/or comedians we’ve heard of. Michael Palin and Alan Alda would be two examples of such hosts, though we’d want someone in their late-20s to early 30s. (Part of what make Palin and Alda such good hosts is their wealth of life experience; nonetheless, we have to work within that age restriction.)
This person would also have to be potentially interested in hosting a reality show, so it’s likely they’d either be at a pause in their career or have not yet quite made it big. (By the way, the show isn’t a vulgar monstrosity like so many reality shows it’s respectable.) They’re the kind of person you may have seen here or there on TV or in movies and thought to yourself, “Wow, what a cool person! I really wish they would get more work. They seem to have a ton to offer, but I bet they’re just not quite right for Hollywood’s cookie cutter.” (Presumably you thought it to yourself in a less stilted way.)
Second, personalities we’ve heard of. This is a broad category and might include, say, ex-reality show contestants and ex-professional athletes probably ex-(a lot of things), the important thing being that they were seen to be interesting/unusual/charismatic during their time in the public awareness, but haven’t quite found a niche since then.
The third category is unknowns. In this case, it’s not possible to provide names no one knows who they are yet! But I’m hoping there are examples of unknowns who were hired as hosts of shows (preferably reality shows) and became popular, well-liked figures.

Again, I’ll appreciate any suggestions people may have. Cheers, in any case.
H.
Hello folks, I’ve only posted here once before and it, too was a request for assistance (thanks, MC!). If you ... reality shows) and became popular, well-liked figures. Again, I’ll appreciate any suggestions people may have. Cheers, in any case. H.[/nq]Mike Rowe is exactly the way in person he is on the show, except funnier. I'd say check out some comedy clubs like the main ones in L.A., Improv, Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, maybe even hit the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa one night when Leno's down there and ask him who he'd recommend. Heck, call his office at NBC and ask. If you get a good fairly clean comedian who did some athletics you'd probably do well.

The athletic thing is smart - Dean Cain played football in college and though he doesn't look like it (or Superman) in person he doesn't have that athletic "glow" still (as does Rowe) and I think that really helps with reality shows. I'd also check out some charity functions around town, particularly anything that has any connection to helping kids and athletics and you'd probably run across some.
The third category is unknowns.  In this case, it’s not possible to provide names no one knows who they are yet!  But I’m hoping there are examples of unknowns who were hired as hosts of shows (preferably reality shows) and became popular, well-liked figures. Again, I’ll appreciate any suggestions people may have.  Cheers, in any case.

Thats tough. Its not like an actor playing a part, there will be no rehearsals or time to develop. There might be a day or two of prep where the multi cameras are placed and how the hosted segments will play out, but its gonna be a host doing the lines (teleprompter?) to cameras and then thats it. There is no Scorsese Deniro relationship between the reality show director and the host. Call time is 8am, that first intro scene should be rolling at 9am.
With that said I would go with compelling and interesting as the two biggest factors, over say celebrity and recognition. I like Anthony Bourdain, and Paula Dean more than Tom Bergeron or Jeff Probst.

For reality you really want somebody that can take the unintersting and make it interesting, Sure there are examples of lame hosts on hit series, but pitch the cream of YOUR crop. You have an idea for a show, go with your gut. Dont just pitch hosts that you think they will like, cause ultimately, the search for the host when it comes to actual production phase is really gonna be an entirely different game.

A small series I just did just got Henry Rollins to do the V.O.'s. That was a day of massive celebration.
Good Luck
BD
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I do too, but there is something faintly irritating about him too. Did you catch the one on Greece that aired this week? I know his guide, Byron Ayanoglu - a wonderful guy. For a while he was the itinerant chef for the Rolling Stones, and he's written a number of books.

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