USA, B’way Video plan comedy series

Net to kick off latenight gamer in March of 2002

NEW YORK — USA Network has linked up with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video to create a half-hour latenight series modeled on Comedy Central’s successful “The Daily Show.”

“We’re trying to create a position for USA in latenight by developing shows with a point of view, that are comedic and irreverent in tone,” said Doug Herzog, president of USA Network.

The show is still untitled, with a single host to be announced. Herzog described it as employing “a game format, but tied to what’s topical and what’s going on in pop culture.” There’ll be contestants, and celebrity guests will show up.

USA is aiming to kick off the show in March 2002. It will run Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m., behind the gameshow “Smush,” which premieres in six weeks. “Smush” crunches words and names into weird combinations.

The executive producers of the new series are David Lang and Jim Sharp, both veteran producer-writers.

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