They better call it Later Mayer.

According to Variety, ViacomCBS is THIS CLOSE to giving singer-songwriter John Mayer his own weekly talk show on its Paramount+ streaming platform. Mayer’s show would look and feel familiar to fans of the long-running BBC2 musical chat programme, Later… with Jools Holland, in which the host interacts with a variety of musical acts, all of whom share the same studio in a circular setting along with the live audience. For Americans, think of how CBS presented the Grammys last month, and you’ll get the idea.

If the Paramount+ Mayer deal works according to plans divulged to Variety, then the weekly show also could birth or spin-off CBS specials and/or incorporate into future Grammy Awards broadcasts.

ViacomCBS viewers already have seen Mayer inhabit the mold of a traditional late-night TV host, as he subbed in for two weeks as one of The Late Late Show replacements in the winter of 2015, between permanent hosts Craig Ferguson and James Corden.

Back in 2009, when Nina Tassler ran CBS Entertainment, Tassler boasted to the TV Critics Association’s winter press tour that “We’re pretty close to doing our deal” for “a music/variety/sketch sort of thing” with Mayer. That deal would’ve teamed Mayer up with Grammys telecast producer Ken Ehrlich and comedy writer Robert Cohen. That never materialized. Perhaps in part because of Mayer’s turbulent year that followed, including his infamous Playboy interview talking out of turn about Jessica Simpson, and his interview with me (ahem) about behaving badly while sharing a comedy stage with a then-not-so-known Kumail Nanjiani.

Before that, though, Mayer did have a show on VH1 in 2004 called John Mayer Has A TV Show, and has long rubbed comedic elbows with Dave Chappelle, all the way from Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central to Chappelle’s “Summer Camp” shows last year in Ohio.

There’s also still a possibility of seeing one of Mayer’s songs turned into a drama series for ABC. The alphabet network ordered a pilot in 2019 based on his song, “Heart of Life,” but later that year sent it back into redevelopment.

Fast-forward to present day, where Mayer has hosted conversations on his Instagram Live, and recently has added TikTok to his repertoire. So, I guess, look forward to more bits like this?