Ryan Seacrest In Talks To Launch New Cable Network

Ryan Seacrest (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ryan Seacrest (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

This… is ‘American Idol‘ host Ryan Seacrest‘s latest venture – his very own cable network.

The increasingly busy TV personality and Emmy-winning producer is in talks with the CAA talent agency and entertainment company AEG about partnering on a new cable outlet.

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Tentatively named AXS (as in “access” or maybe “all access,” I presume), the network would feature video content from AEG’s entertainment venues around the world – Los Angeles’ Staples Center and the O2 in London included, says Forbes.

As such, it is being likened to Fuse, the cable destination owned by MSG – though AEG has far more vast resources from which to cull content.

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Seacrest’s imprint is likely to be a purely behind-the-scenes one. Unlike Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming OWN channel, however, he is not expected to serve as the “face” of the jointly-owned network, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Since fashioning a cable channel from scratch – and then securing distribution from the many cable systems out there – AEG CEO Tim Leiweke told Forbes they’re more likely to merge with an existing outlet.

As for any perceived conflicts with the existing cable channel that hosts many Seacrest-produced shows such as ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians,’ Leiweke says, “We have zero interest in competing with E!”

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