Ruffin and Wilmore.
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NBC’s new streaming service, Peacock, turns to two comedians with lots of late night experiences to launch their own block of late programming. In a press release, Peacock announced today that “a new weekly late-night block” will be launched in September with shows held by Late Night With Seth Meyers author Amber Ruffin and earlier Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore.
Ruffins Peacock Series, The Amber Ruffin Show, was first announced in September 2019. According to the release, the weekly series “will show Amber’s signature smartly and stupidly take on this week’s news. No matter what happens in the world, Amber will respond with a charming mix of seriousness, nonsense and evening dresses. The Amber Ruffin Show is a current show in the evening with only the good parts – comedy. “Ruffin’s” Jokes Seth Can’t Tell “collaborators Seth Meyers and Jenny Hagel act as executive producers in addition to Late night producer Mike Shoemaker. “Having a show in the evening at Peacock’s is so exciting!” Ruffin said in the release. “We can not wait to write sketches, songs and jokes about this terrible time we are now calling!”
Wilmore, who was the host The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore at Comedy Central from 2015 to 2016 and has recently worked as a writer at Uncertain, will go with Ruffin on Pope’s block in the evening. In his show, currently called Unnamed Larry Wilmore Show, Wilmore “will have real discussions with high profile people from diverse backgrounds, including sports, politics and entertainment. Each section will not only cover the election but will also participate in this week’s important talks. It will be fun, sometimes serious, potentially difficult and definitely honestly. “Wilmore will be producing the show with Jo Miller, Tony Hernandez, Brooke Posch, David Miner and Michael Rotenberg.” I am honored to have the chance to not only be back on TV but to work with the amazing team at “Peacock,” Wilmore said in the release. “Apparently a lot is happening in the world right now and a big choice is happening soon, so I’m glad to have a place in the conversation.”
The peacock has commissioned nine episodes of Ruffin’s show and 11 episodes of Wilmore’s show. Both series will debut on the streaming service sometime in September; an exact release date has not yet been revealed.