For anyone following Netflix, one trend they will notice is the recent rise of talk shows. The streaming giant has been making a strong push into the format and has recruited heavy hitters, such as David Letterman, to lead the way. Today, Netflix is adding to its growing lineup of talk shows with a new soon-to-be named series from Michelle Wolf.
Wolf, who is know for her work on “The Late Night Show with Seth Meyers” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” has landed her own weekly Netflix half hour talk show that will premiere later this year. The show will attempt to break away from the seriousness of late night comedy. Instead of making the news fun, Wolf will make fun of everything and everybody. According to a description of the show, “there will be no preaching or political agenda…unless it’s funny.”
“You can expect the types of jokes my former bosses would tell me we couldn’t do on TV,” Wolf said in a statement.
Wolf will Executive Produce through her Cats in Pants banner, with Daniel Bodansky also serving as an executive producer. Dan Powell (“Inside Amy Schumer”) and Christine Nangle (“The President’s Show,” “The Mick”) will serve as co-show runners and Executive Producers.
The announcement comes just two months after Wolf’s first stand-up special, “Nice Lady,” aired on HBO, which gave the comedian her highest profile platform to date.
Wolf’s new series will join “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” which is already available for viewing, and “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” which is expected to premiere on Netflix later this month.
In addition to experimenting with the talk show format, Netflix has also been testing out shorter-form content. Last month, the company announced a new series of 15-minute comedy specials that are expected to premiere in the coming months. The mid-form standup specials could help Netflix build its presence on mobile screens where viewing habits tend to favor shorter form content. While long-form viewing on mobile devices is growing, 47% of all mobile-video viewing time is spent on clips shorter than 20 minutes, while 39% of viewing time is attributable to clips five minutes or shorter, according to recent data from video platform provider Ooyala.