Comedian Joan Rivers may be back on the air next year as host of a daytime television talk show.

The former host of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "The Late Show" and guest host of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" is said to be working out a deal with Tribune Entertainment Co. for a 26-week cycle beginning in the fall of 1989. The show would serve as a counterpart to Tribune's "Geraldo."The talk show would be carried by the six Tribune-owned television stations, The Daily Variety reported in its Friday editions.

Rivers is appearing on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound." She also stars as the permanent "center square" on television's "Hollywood Squares."

Rivers left the Carson show in 1986 to take the starring role in "The Late Show," which debuted Oct. 9, 1986. She left the program in May 1987.