Actor and comedian Joel McHale is returning to his roots with a new television show set to debut next month exclusively on Netflix. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale will be a weekly variety/talk show hybrid for the streaming platform.
McHale famously got his start as the host of the E! network’s talk show recap series, The Soup, which he hosted for 11 years, from 2004 until it ended in 2015.
The show was a revamp of the long-running series, Talk Soup, which launched actor Greg Kinnear’s career when he hosted from 1991-1995.
The Joel McHale Show sounds like it will tackle similar territory; here’s the official series description, courtesy of Netflix:
“A half-hour topical series that takes a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe. It’s a fast and funny distillation of everything people are talking about that week.
Featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches and insane video clips from the worldwide realms of TV, sports, politics, celebrity culture and every corner of the internet.”
In order to keep the show current, each episode will tape on Thursday before making its debut on Netflix the following Sunday.
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) January 19, 2018
McHale will executive produce the show alongside K.P. Anderson (another veteran of The Soup) and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.
Netflix has had limited success with the talk show format so far; last year, the streaming service canceled Chelsea Handler’s new thrice-weekly series.
Handler claimed the decision was hers, as she wanted to focus more on her activism, but multiple sources say the cancellation was due to poor reception.
Earlier this month, legendary late-night host David Letterman debuted his new monthly Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which launched to mixed reviews with first guest President Barack Obama. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale will premiere on Sunday, February 18.