11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Wyatt Cenac to Star in HBO Comedic Docuseries From John Oliver (Exclusive)
Wyatt Cenac is headed to HBO.
The actor, comedian and Daily Show alum has been tapped to star in a 10-episode comedic docuseries for the premium cable network.
Set to launch in the spring, the untitled half-hour series will be executive produced by John Oliver and will take a satirical look at social and cultural issues from Cenac's unique perspective. Rather than sit behind a desk, he will undertake a journey to understand some of the big issues of the moment and investigate real-world solutions.
"We’re thrilled to give Wyatt this opportunity to showcase his bold take on today’s social issues,” said Nina Rosenstein, executive vp, HBO Programming. “His ability to tackle tough topics with humor and insight makes this show a perfect addition to our late-night lineup.”
The show reunites Cenac with Oliver, who worked together on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Cenac was a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show from 2008-2012. He earned three Emmy Awards and a WGA Award for his work on the series.
"While my initial ask to play one of Molly’s love interests on Insecure was rejected, this is a nice consolation,” Cenac said. “My thanks to Nina, [HBO Programming president] Casey Bloys and everyone at HBO for finally giving me a place where I can comfortably swear on television."
Cenac, Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America), Oliver (Last Week Tonight) and Hallie Haglund (The Daily Show) will exec produce the series, with the latter set to serve as head writer. Diane Fitzgerald (Last Week Tonight) will co-executive produce the series, which hails from Avalon Television (Last Week Tonight).
"Wyatt is one of the smartest, funniest, most curious people I know,” Oliver said. “I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.”
Cenac is currently appearing in the feature film I Do … Until I Don't. His big-screen credits also include Sleepwalk With Me and Medicine for Melancholy. On the TV side, his credits include TBS comedy People of Earth (where he is a series regular), as well as Archer, Maron, Bojack Horseman and Bob's Burgers. He is repped by UTA, Avalon Management and attorney Jared Levine.
Cenac becomes the latest Daily Show grad to score their own show, joining a roster that includes Oliver, Samantha Bee (on TBS), Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) and Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central), among others.