8:00am PT by Lacey Rose
Joel McHale Lands Topical Weekly Show for Netflix
Joel McHale is headed back to the host's seat.
The actor, comic and former emcee of cult hit The Soup has landed a weekly, half-hour topical series for Netflix. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is designed to take a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture, as well as news around the world. In the lead up to its Feb. 18 global launch, the streaming giant is billing it as a “fast and funny distillation of everything people are talking about that week.” The Lionsgate-produced series will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches and insane clips form the world of sports, politics and celebrity.
McHale will also serve as an executive producer on the first batch of 13 episodes ordered alongside his longtime Soup head writer, K.P. Anderson. In a bid to maintain that topicality, the current plan is to tape each episode on Thursdays at Los Angeles’ Sunset Bronson studio, with then roll it out that Sunday. McHale and Anderson will be joined by a handful of fellow EPs, including Bridesmaids, The Heat and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Brad Stevens and Boyd Vico. The show will formally hail from Anderson’s Pygmy Wolf Productions, McHale’s Free Period Productions and Feig’s Feigco Entertainment.
For Netflix, McHale is the latest big swing as the streaming service builds out its ambitious nonfiction division. Chelsea Handler’s attempt at topical talk was its first, and has since been canceled. More recently, the service launched entries from Bill Nye and, with considerable fanfare, David Letterman. To the likely delight of Netflix execs, McHale brings with him more than a decade of experience standing before a greenscreen, cracking jokes for Soup viewers. McHale has also emceed the White House Correspondents' Dinner (for which Anderson served as a writer), along with the Independent Spirit Awards, The People’s Choice Awards and the ESPYs. As an actor, his lengthy resume includes starring roles on NBC’s Community and recent CBS comedy The Great Indoors.
For his part, Anderson shares not only a history with McHale but also a sensibility, a stand-up background and an ability to balance several projects at once. In fact, during his Soup tenure, Anderson became a prolific producer for E! and its corporate siblings, having developed The Dish (then on Style), Web Soup (then on G4), E!’s The Comment Section and The Soup Investigates. Prior to that, he did stints on series including Politically Incorrect, Last Comic Standing, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and Mohr Sports. In 2016, just after The Soup aired its final episode, he inked an overall deal with Lionsgate TV.
McHale tweeted about his new gig on Friday morning.
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) January 19, 2018
The host is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham; Anderson is repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Stone, Genow; Feig is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer; Henderson is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan and Vico and Stevens are repped by WME.