1:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Office's' Kate Flannery to Host TV Guide Network Stand-Up Series
The Office's Kate Flannery is moving out from behind a desk to host a new stand-up comedy series for TV Guide Network.
Titled StandUp in Stilettos, the original series is one of two comedy efforts the cable network announced Wednesday, joining Rove LA, a talk show hosted by Rove McManus.
"We are continuing to invest in original series and exclusive programming that will draw entertainment fans closer to their favorite stars," TV Guide Network chairman Allen Shapiro said in a statement announcing the news. "StandUp in Stilettos and Rove LA will offer viewers fresh comedy programming with some of the best-known celebrities in Hollywood today, as well as up-and-coming talent."
StandUp, which will bow Saturday, June 16 at 10 p.m., will feature new and familiar faces on the comedy circuit and begin casting immediately with production set to kickoff in late April. Each installment in the 10-episode series will feature three comedians whose acts feature material for, by and about women and be filmed in front of a live audience at a comedy club.
Rove LA, set to bow Saturday, July 21 at 10 p.m., will be a weekly hourlong talk show hosted by McManus, who has been dubbed Asustralia's king of talk. Ten episodes of the series, fresh to U.S. audiences, will premiere and feature guests including Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman, Eva Longoria, Steve Carell, Pink and Lisa Kudrow. An additional 13 all-new episodes will begin filming in September.
For Flannery -- who plays the boozy Meredith on NBC's top-ranked comedy -- the gig comes as The Office's future remains murky with the struggling network searching for a new showrunner to replace Paul Lieberstein as he preps a potential Rainn Wilson spinoff. Cast member Mindy Kaling, meanwhile, has a buzzy comedy pilot in development at Fox and head writer Daniel Chun inked an overall deal with Universal Television rival ABC Studios in February.
For their part, Office stars Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer are in talks to return for a ninth season, sources told The Hollywood Reporter late last month, though none has a deal in place. Helms, meanwhile, has booked a guest turn in Kaling's untitled Fox pilot. Co-star James Spader said last month that he will not return for a potential ninth season of the series.