Jim Williams: Rome pauses to speak about Showtime show

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Jim Rome isn't sitting back and enjoying his success. Sure, he has a national sports talk radio show heard weekdays on more than 200 stations and a daily TV show, "Rome," at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

But Rome always is looking for new challenges, and his latest is another new show that debuts Wednesday at 10?p.m.: "Jim Rome on Showtime." It will be a one-on-one talk show that showcases some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.

Rome talked from his Los Angeles office Sunday about his new Showtime venture as well as the many changes he has made over the past year.

Can you talk about the new weekly program on Showtime?

Rome » "CBS and I talked about a project for Showtime that would be different from what people hear on my daily radio show or see on the CBS Sports Network program. We will do a sit-down interview that is open, entertaining and free flowing, hitting on all the key topics of the day but also giving the viewers insight into what my guests really are passionate about. Wednesday we open with Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Perry with Hollywood legend, producer and sports franchise owner Peter Guber. It's a good opening group to be sure."

Who are you looking forward to getting on the show?

Rome » "To be honest, there are two Washington personalities that we are working on. I really want to talk football with Robert Griffin III and baseball with Bryce Harper. They are two of the most interesting and dynamic young personalities in the sports world today. RGIII is playing at such a high level and is such a brilliant kid, and Bryce is like watching Mickey Mantle as a kid. I want those guys on the Showtime program."

Come January everything you do will be on CBS.

Rome » "Yes, I could not have had a better partner than Premier Radio. They have been wonderful to me, and I will be forever grateful. But CBS Radio is launching in January, and they will be offering me a chance to be on in cities where I have not been before, which is exciting. I like the idea of doing something new on both radio and TV. CBS has given me an amazing platform, and I look forward to the challenge."

Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @wordmandc.

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