Freeform is getting into the Late Night business, joining with comedian Iliza Shlesinger and greenlighting a late-night series into development. The new project was announced today by Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform.
“We were looking for a voice that speaks to and for our audience, and we have found it in Iliza,” said Burke. “We weren’t just looking to get into late-night for the sake of it—it’s Iliza’s brilliantly modern take on culture, relationships, and gender politics that made her vision for a series undeniable to us.”
“A late-night show has been THE goal for me and I’m ready to throw my hat into the ring,” said Shlesinger. “I couldn’t be more excited to work with Freeform because they understand my voice as a comedian and are allowing me the freedom to create something special. I can’t wait to put my stamp on the late-night format.”
The late-night series will feature Iliza’s unique voice that reflects the audience and what’s happening in the moment with a fresh comedic spin. Additionally, this past summer, Iliza premiered her scripted web series Forever 31 on ABC’s new digital platform (ABCd), and the series has already been ordered for a second season. Her third Netflix special “Confirmed Kills” premieres on the streaming service September 23, and will be followed by her first national theatre tour “Iliza: The Confirmed Kills Tour.” In spring 2017, Weinstein Books will publish her first book “Girl Logic.”
Iliza Shlesinger, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen Turner, David Martin and Kara Baker from Avalon Television (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Catastrophe”) will all serve as executive producers.
* this article was updated on 9/23, adding that the show has been greenlit for development at the network.