It's cross-promotional rush hour on the beauty-pageant ramp. Wayne Brady,
who hosts a new syndicated talk show distributed by Buena Vista Television, has been tapped
to host this year's Miss America pageant on co-owned ABC, which will
feature interactive voting from the audience a la American Idol.
Meanwhile, Gary Kroeger, co-host of Pax TV's Beat the Clock and NBC's
new fall sitcom, Hidden Hills (NBC is a part owner of Pax), has signed to
co-host the Mrs. America Pageant, which airs Oct. 12 on Pax.
Miss America Viewers will be able to vote for their
favorites online at www.abc.com
after each phase of the competition -- swimsuit, evening wear and
talent. Julie Moran, former senior correspondent and weekend anchor for
Entertainment Tonight, will serve as backstage