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Fox is looking to enter the late-night space.
The network is teaming with Nick Cannon and The Talking Dead executive producer Michael Davies for a weekly topical late-night series. The untitled project, which is in development, would be hosted by Cannon and cover pop culture and feature high-profile celebrity interviews, music performances and stand-up comics. Cannon and his longtime manager, Michael Goldman of NCredible Entertainment, will also exec produce the potential late-night series alongside Davies’ Embassy Row banner.
The late-night talker is part of a larger development deal Cannon has signed with Fox, the soon-to-be-independent broadcast network. As an extension of the potential weekly late-night show, Cannon and Davies will join Fox’s digital team to curate online segments to be distributed via social media. The development pact extends Cannon’s relationship with Fox as he next hosts and co-exec produces the network’s upcoming celebrity competition series The Masked Singer. The former America’s Got Talent host recently served in the same capacity on The Teen Choice Awards, which aired in August on Fox.
The deal arrives as Fox is poised to lose 20th Century Fox TV’s roster of top producers as the studio is set to become a Disney property once that multi-billion-dollar deal closes. The so-called New Fox is focusing on broader-skewing programming, including sports (the NFL, wrestling), procedurals and multicamera comedies.
Fox has tried its hand at a late-night show several times, including 1993’s The Chevy Chase Show, 1986’s The Late Show (with Joan Rivers and Arsenio Hall) and 2009’s The Wanda Sykes Show. None lasted more than two seasons.
Cannon has hosted MTV’s Wild ‘N Out as well as multiple other awards shows. He is repped by CAA, NCredible Entertainment ‘s Goldman and Del Shaw.
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