Originally created 06/05/06

People in the News



DENVER - Tom Green is getting another late-night talk show - this time online.

Nearly three years after MTV axed his show, ManiaTV.com will begin hosting a weekly call-in show with the comedian on June 15, live from his living room in the Hollywood Hills.

"It seemed like the ultimate playground for someone like me," said Green, who started out on public access TV. "I've always enjoyed doing goofy experimental stuff that sometimes was too weird to put on a TV show but was fun artistically."

"Tom Green Live" will be broadcast and archived on both Denver-based ManiaTV.com and Green's Web site. He is signed up to do 50 one-hour episodes for an undisclosed fee.

For Green, the show is an extension of the wacky videos he posts on his Web site, including such stunts as blindfolding a fan and letting the fan post a video blog about it.

Green, a cancer survivor once married to actress Drew Barrymore, will host the show from his old MTV desk set in front of his fireplace. He quipped that he might end up interviewing his cleaning lady and landscaper.

"I doubt we'll get anybody good. It's in my living room. How rinky dink is that?" he said.

Richard Ayoub, ManiaTV's vice president of programming, said Green is being given "complete and total creative control."

"We have no standards and practices," Ayoub said. "He is going to be completely uncensored. That's what we can give him that MTV never could."

---

On the Net:

Tom Green: http://www.tomgreen.com

---

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry said Saturday he has turned down an offer to be lead singer for the band Fuel.

Daughtry, in Greensboro for a day of welcome-home appearances, said he expects to announce his next career move in few months, probably after he finishes with an "American Idol" summer concert tour.

"I'm going to be doing my own thing," Daughtry told The Charlotte Observer.

The band offered Daughtry a job hours after viewers voted him off the Fox television talent show last month. Bass player Jeff Abercrombie and guitarist Carl Bell made their pitch on the TV show "Extra."

He would have replaced Brett Scallions, who quit the multi-platinum rock band in February.