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Netflix has ordered additional episodes of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.
The topical comedy series is the latest in the streaming giant’s ongoing effort to break into the late night telly arena, following a cancelled attempt at a talk show with Chelsea Handler. In the pipeline are a talk show from Canadian comic Norm Macdonald, a weekly series from Hasan Minhaj and a new comedy series from Michelle Wolf – all joining a more old-fashioned monthly interview from veteran David Letterman.
McHale’s show, which was commissioned at the start of this year, is exec-produced by McHale, alongside Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, KP Anderson, Jessie Henderson, Brad Stevens and Boyd Vico. Lionsgate Television are producing in collaboration with Pygmy Wolf Productions, Free Period Productions and Fieg’s Feigco Entertainment.
The series appears to have been a success; as it reaches the end of its initial run this weekend, Netflix has now ordered a further six episodes of celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and video clips from every corner of the internet. Rather than a weekly release, though, Netflix is experimenting with an all-at-once release: the six new episodes of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale will be released as a box set on 15th July.
Here’s a video announcing the renewal:
Joel McHale’s Netflix series gets a trailer
11th February 2018
“When the news goes from bad to worse, the world needs a hero,” declares the new trailer for Joel McHale’s Netflix series. Is Joel McHale that hero? Netflix will certainly hope so, as it renews its commitment to the kind of late night talk show programming that has proven a huge hit for networks in the US.
Promising to point and laugh at the news with “no boundaries”, what will separate Joel McHale’s series from the rest of the pack is not yet clear – the trailer’s big gambit is an easy penis joke. But with celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and video clips from every corner of the internet, Netflix is gambling on the same formula to generate similar success to other broadcasters, following its cancelled attempt at a talk show with Chelsea Handler. Well, that and the star power of Joel McHale. Did we mention he was in it?
That’s The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, starting on Sunday 18th February, with new episodes recorded and released weekly on Netflix. Here’s the new trailer:
Joel McHale gets weekly Netflix show
20th January 2018
Joel McHale is heading to Netflix for a new weekly show.
Called The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, the topical series will take a look at the week’s events, from pop culture to global news. And, of curse, there’ll be the usual round-up of celebrity guest, comedy sketches and video clips from the world of sports, politics, celebrity and the world wide web.
Sound familiar? That’s no mistake, as Netflix continues to try and find the right formula to take on the juggernaut of late night talk shows. In the UK, where we have Graham Norton to fill that gap, talk shows are a relatively rare commodity, but in the US, networks regularly compete to dominate the world of social media and YouTube, with viral skits featuring various famous stars.
Netflix’s previous attempt, fronted by Chelsea Handler, failed to gain traction, with the streaming giant instead following it with a more thoughtful monthly interview show, hosted by David Letterman. It apparently hasn’t given up the genre, though, with Joel McHale taking to Twitter yesterday to reveal that he had been commissioned to make a new series for the VOD service. Recording on Thursday nights at Sunset Bronson Studios, they will be released on Netflix every Sunday, with an initial order for 13 episodes.
McHale is no stranger to US comedy fans, after hosting E!’s The Soup and starring in Community, which moved from NBC to Yahoo’s ill-fated streaming platform for a final season in 2015. The Joel McHale Show will be exec-produced by McHale, alongside Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, KP Anderson, Jessie Henderson, Brad Stevens and Boyd Vico. Lionsgate Television are producing in collaboration with Pygmy Wolf Productions, Free Period Productions and Fieg’s Feigco Entertainment.
The show will begin on Sunday 18th February. Here’s the video announcing the show:
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