Sunday, January 24, 2021

Larry Wilmore Announces Late-Night TV Return with New Show on NBC’s Peacock

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*Comedian Larry Wilmore is set to lead a weekly show on NBC’s new streaming platform Peacock. The streamer has ordered 11 episodes set to premiere in September.

“I’m honored to have the chance to not only be back on television but to partner with the great team at Peacock,” said Wilmore in a statement, THR reports. “Apparently there’s a lot going on in the world right now and a big election happening soon, so I’m happy to have a place in the conversation.”

This marks his first return to hosting since Comedy Central canceled “The Nightly Show “in 2016.

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Wilmore also announced the news in a Twitter feed, captioning Peacock’s official announcement with “I’M BAAAAAACK!!!!!” 

His new series will feature conversations with influencers in entertainment, sports, and politics.

The show joins the previously announced “Amber Ruffin Show,” which Peacock has ordered nine episodes set to premiere in September.

Said Ruffin of her series, “Having a late-night show on Peacock is so exciting! We can’t wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we call now!”

Here’s more from THR:

The Amber Ruffin Show will feature her signature smart and silly take on the week’s news, and no matter what’s happening in the world, she’ll respond to it with a mix of seriousness, nonsense and evening gowns. 

Wilmore’s untitled show will feature the host having real conversations with high-profile people from the worlds of sports, politics and entertainment. Each episode will cover the election and engage in the important conversations of the week and be funny, sometimes serious, potentially awkward and definitely honest.

NBC announced Peacock’s late-night television programming during the company’s virtual panels for the CTAM Press Tour. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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