John Mayer may be joining the ranks of TV’s talk-show hosts as the star of “Later With John Mayer.” According to Variety, Mayer is nearing a deal with Paramount+ to host a talk and music series with the emphasis on the music, modeled after the BBC’s “Later … With Jools Holland.” The set of the show, which will be released in weekly installments, will reportedly be designed to look like an after-hours club.
It’s not as strange as it may sound. Mayer has hosted a weekly talk show-ish show on Instagram called “Current Mood,” which features him clowning around and talking to the likes of Dave Chappelle and Andy Cohen. He has also guest-hosted “The Late Late Show” a few times, and in 2004 he hosted a special called “John Mayer Has a TV Show” on VH1.
Variety notes that the CBS may also be involved in the Mayer project, creating network specials out of some of the musical performances. Will a TV commitment get in the way of his role as a member of Dead & Company, if the post-Grateful Dead band featuring Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann has the chance to get back on the road? Unclear.