It’s only been a handful of times we’ve seen women star on Late Night talk shows. Traditionally the position has been held by a line up of middle aged white men; so BET has stepped in to shake things up. With the help of Chris Rock the network will now produce a weekly late night talk show called The Rundown headlined by writer and former Nightly Show player, Robin Thede. Coming this Fall.
Rock and the former ‘Nightly Show’ head writer talk with THR about the state of late-night and what to expect from her forthcoming weekly satirical show ‘The Rundown,’ set to bow in the fall. BET is getting back into the late-night space. The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered weekly late-night show The Rundown With Robin Thede, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Picked up with a 24-episode order and set to launch in the fall, the 30-minute news satire series will be hosted by former Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore head writer and contributor Thede. The Rundown serves as a reunion for Rock and Thede, whose first writing assignment was on the 2014 BET Awards that the former hosted. To hear Thede tell it, the two have remained close since and Rock has become a mentor figure to her. The show also serves as a reunion for Rock with Jax Media, who produced his feature Top Five. For BET, The Rundown arrives as the cable network was identified as one of six core Viacom brands that the media conglomerate is focusing on during its rejuvenation under CEO Bob Bakish. (The others include Paramount Network, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central.) The Rundown marks BET’s latest late-night entry and follows The Mo’Nique Show, which ran for two seasons in 2009 and 2010.
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