July 07, 2014 1:43pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Lifetime Launching Talk Show With Amanda de Cadenet
Who doesn't want to be in the talk-show game? Lifetime is the latest network to make moves in the arena with an order for the live talker Undone With @AmandadeCadenet.
The weekly series, hosted by British TV personality Amanda de Cadenet, has received an eight-episode order set to begin July 24. It's not technically late-night, airing at 10:30 p.m., but it marks yet another development in the busy arena of talk. And it also will tape live, with de Cadenet exploring hot topics, pop culture and interviews with celebrities or newsmakers.
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“I am extremely excited to rejoin forces with Lifetime to make Undone With @AmandadeCadenet, a new and innovative live primetime talk show," said de Cadenet. "Lifetime proves once again that it really does listen to its audience and has paid attention to the demand that there be another female voice in the talk space."
Perhaps best known in the U.K., this is not de Cadenet's first effort on Lifetime. She had her own interview series, The Conversation, which focused on long sit-down interviews with such luminaries as Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow.
A weekly talker, rather than a nightly show, is not uncommon as a starting ground for a cable network. FX employed a similar strategy with Russell Brand in 2012, and HBO recently had John Oliver join Bill Maher on its roster of weekly talk series. Andy Cohen's Bravo series, Watch What Happens Live, started out as a weekly when it debuted in 2009.
Undone will tape in Los Angeles and is executive produced by de Cadenet and Embassy Row’s Michael Davies (The Talking Dead, Watch What Happens Live) as well as Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime.