Brian McKnight To Host Talk Show

He's a singer, songwriter, producer, and now... a talk show host. Brian McKnight is beefing up his résumé with his new late-night talk show. Billboard reports the weekly show will air during the weekends on 218 affiliates of the CW network. According to McKnight, the program will be "not unlike what others are doing but a little closer to what Arsenio used to do. I'm willing to put people on (that) others won't, and have the other people that everyone else has, too."

Trying to fill the void Arsenio left will be a challenge, but Brian has some things up his sleeve as he plans on using his Internet site as a vehicle for fans to send questions for guests. And if you’re worried about the crooner overdoing it with the humor, don't. McKnight promises that he’ll find "ways to be funny" without trying to become a stand-up comedian. And like Arsenio, McKnight will feature a diverse cadre of musical guests as he plans to “have everyone, across so many different genres."

"It'll be like, 'Come over to my place,' except with a studio audience," he told Billboard. "And, of course, at some point of the show I will sing."

Look for Brian McKnight’s late-night talk show to start airing on September 26. As for his day job, the singer says that he is “almost done” constructing his first album in three years. The project, which will be McKnight’s follow-up to his 2006 opus Ten, will feature cameos from Stevie Wonder and Jill Scott. The planned first single from the forthcoming album that should hit radio soon is "What I've Been Waiting For."

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