Like him or not, you’ve got to hand it to former WSVN-Channel 7 star anchor Rick Sanchez: He’s willing to try just about anything!
Sanchez, 55, is returning to Miami television May 5 with a daily, hourlong talk/news show on the Spanish-language channel Mira TV.
From what Sanchez says, the format is Bill Maher meets Jon Stewart — in Miami-style Spanglish.
Oye, Rick, porque?
“It’s something that nobody has tried on Spanish television,” says Sanchez, who’ll continue his daily two-hour late morning talk show on radio’s WIOD-610AM. “There’s a space between news, which is very traditional on Spanish TV, and entertainment, which is audacious. That’s the gap we’ll try to fill.”
Don’t expect scantily clad Don Francisco ladies on Rick’s set.
“Nah, we don’t do that,” said the former CNN anchor.
Executive producer Fernando Ferro, a 25-year-old TV whiz who has been directing Venezuela soap operas for two years, said he and Sanchez have been working on the idea for more than a year.
“When the show opens, it’ll be Rick’s monologue, with humor and passion,” Ferro said. “Then there’ll be a panel discussion, just like [HBO’s] Real Time with Bill Maher. We’ll end with a video reporter on the street or Rick interviewing a famous personality.”
At first, the show will air in Miami, Tampa and Orlando, with an option for New York. Ferro says Mira is committed to airing the show, titled Rick Sanchez, for a year.
And since Sanchez’s perspective is on the right, and Ferro’s is on the left, he says the show will probably leave viewers feeling somewhere in the middle.
Rick Sanchez will air at 10 p.m., Monday through Friday on Channel 18 (Comcast) and Channel 20 (U-verse).
What is it with South Florida rapper Rick Ross and birthdays?
The hefty singer’s Rolls was sprayed with gunfire in Fort Lauderdale last year, on his 37th birthday.
And on the night of his 35th birthday, in 2011, a fight at his party in a New York nightclub allegedly injured two revelers — who are now suing the singing former Miami-Dade County jail guard.
According to Radar Online, Ross started a massive fight that night in a Manhattan watering hole, and the plaintiffs suffered “multiple bodily injuries.”
Former University of Florida and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse wasn't nicknamed The Freak for nothing.
And a date with Kearse and his freakish six-pack went for $1,500 Thursday night in a charity auction in Boca Raton.
Comparatively, a date with former Martin County High School teacher turned Hustler model Victoria James went for $1,000 — although she took off more than Kearse.
The auctioning of dates with well-known bachelors at the late-night hangout Blue Martini was to raise money for the juvenile cancer-fighting Mystic Force Foundation and the children’s foundation of former Jacksonville Jaguars Fred Taylor.
Things got a little heated up.
To get higher bids, Kearse took off his shirt. It worked.
How about James, an English teacher fired from the school last year when her students found photos of her semi-nude online?
Even stripping to her thong didn’t help her beat the retired ballplayer.