There’s a new late night show coming to BET and it’s being spearheaded by comedy geniuses.
Robin Thede, previously the head writer on Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, will be the host of The Rundown on the cable network. The half-hour news satire show will be executive produced by Thede in addition to Chris Rock and Jax Media’s (Full Frontal With Samantha Bee) Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns, John Skidmore and Genevieve Aniello.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, each episode will see the comedian take on the week’s headlines in politics and pop culture with a fast-paced, no-holds-barred show that will feature social commentary, sketch comedy and pop culture parodies.
“We spent our own money on this, me and Tony, by the way, and we spent our own money on the Kamau pilot, too,” Rock told the publication. “I could definitely pop in [for field segments]. I’m always down. We have to let her get established; it’s always got to be right — but I still have a career! I have no problem being in something hot!”
Thede is the first and only African-American woman in history to serve as head writer on a late-night comedy show (for Comedy Central’s Nightly Show).
“As a Black woman, I can tell you how that would make me feel and tell you the jokes that would make sense to me and the community that BET serves,” she told THR. “Race will be a part of it because of who I am and where we are [as a country], but I didn’t set out to make a show about race.”
“Viewers can expect a layered show that if you don’t like one thing, just wait 30 seconds because it’s going to change and move really fast.”