TV's newest latenight talkshow host has some interesting
credentials. He's the former head of the New York Hell's
Angels chapter; a Golden Gloves boxer; a "Howard Stern
Show" regular; a stuntman and bit player in mostly
low-budget movies; a black belt in martial arts; and a
recurring character on HBO's "Oz."
Original Prods. ("Monster Garage"), run by Thom Beers,
is readying "Chuck Zito's Rods, Bods & Bikes" as a
nightly half-hour that would take place before a live
audience on a soundstage built to re-create Zito's
garage in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Zito will be able to draw on a wide range of celebrities
whom he's worked with over the years (in some cases as a
bodyguard) as guests, ranging from Charlie Sheen and
Pamela Anderson to Mickey Rourke and Michael Madsen.
The testosterone will flow freely on the show. Zito will
spar with professional boxers, work on motorcycles with
both experts and celebrities like Rourke, show Sean Penn
how to etch a permanent tattoo into the lower back of a
beautiful woman and do Q&As with cronies like Cher,
Sylvester Stallone, Tony Danza and Liza Minnelli.
"We want to show how guys really talk," said Beers,
who'll serve as exec producer of the Zito show. "Chuck
and his guest will talk about life while they're cutting
metal and getting their hands dirty. This is a show for
working-class, blue-collar men."