Kevin Smith, Adam Carolla, Kevin Pollak launching late-night show on AOL

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AOL is getting into the late-night game, with Kevin Smith, Adam Carolla, and Kevin Pollak joining forces for a nightly online video series.

All three men already have popular online programs or podcasts: Smith — who has had a busy week at Sundance — has his Smodcast Network, Pollak has Chat Show and there’s The Adam Carolla Show. Now AOL is teaming with those existing shows to create a daily video series.

“The first time I ever went online was via AOL,” Smith says.  “That means I’ve been a paying member for over 15 years — all without knowing I was investing in my own future. I look forward to many battles over what’s considered too risque for their family-oriented service.”

“Ever since I could spell, AOL has been on my radar. It brings me great joy to finally partner up with them and make my childhood dreams come true. I look forward to our future together,” Carolla says.

“In 2011, I just hope Adam, Kevin and I can do for AOL what McMillan & Wife, McCloud, and Columbo did for ABC’s Mystery Wheel in the 1970s,” Pollak says. “That is, change the way people feel about themselves, forever more.”

The plan is to run original content Monday through Thursday, then serve up a best-of-the-week program on Friday nights.

“We’ve seen this trend where these podcasts will generate these huge built-in audiences, ” says Amber J. Lawson, head of programming at AOL Media. “We want to give their fans another opportunity to experience that content.”

AOL Late Night includes highlights from iTunes king The Adam Carolla Show, as well as Kevin Pollack’s Chat Show, where the men interview celebrities and other notable names, and Smith’s SModcast, which has Smith, Scott Mosier and friends. The program launches tonight at 10 p.m. on AOL.com.

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  • Ben

    It’s AOL. Does anybody even still use that?

    • b

      They must be getting paid A LOT to say such cheesily wonderful things about AOL!

    • John

      I think that’s the point. These people have audiences that AOL hopes will follow them here.

  • cici217

    Almost as bad as launching a show on CW

  • Why not?

    I originally agreed with some of the previous comments, but there’s something to be said about having the built-in audiences these guys already have.
    If the show is any good, they may be on to something. At the very least, their fans should be happy.

  • Marc

    Imagine….just heard but no idea where to find it. Bravo AOL.

    • Albert

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing and wondering how they could be so stupid while having a show with people that smart.

  • Phil Mickelboy

    Hey Pollack it was NBC’s Mystery Movie that featured Columbo, McCloud, etc. not something called ABC’s Mystery Wheel.

  • Burley

    WOW. AOL is such an ancient dinosaur. Thus the hiring of hack Amber J Lawson to run their “video” arm. Hmph. Just throwing money away with all these has-beens on such a has-been “network.” Good luck AOL. Hiring Lawson (the most untalented developer the business has seen) is surely the beginning of the end.

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