Spade aces comedy audition

Funnyman takes aim at H'wood

Comedy Central has chosen its entertainment news satire, picking up “The Showbiz Show With David Spade” to series. Order is for 13 episodes.

Laffer net had developed the skein as one of at least three potential showbiz sendups, which included a show from former “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” correspondent Brian Unger and a reworking of “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn” hosted by Greg Giraldo (Daily Variety, April 25).

Skein, from exec producers Spade, creator Hugh Fink, Pariah’s Gavin Polone and the Brillstein-Grey Co., will premiere as a weekly show in September. Project had initially been developed as a strip.

“We’ve been searching a long time for the right way to provide the Comedy Central take on the entertainment industry and feel that we’ve finally put together a group of people who are perfect for the job,” exec VP of programming Lauren Corrao said.

An extension of Spade’s “Hollywood Minute” vignettes from “Saturday Night Live,” half-hour “Showbiz Show” will satirize the entertainment and the media that cover it. Much like fake news skein “Daily Show,” series will include field segments, celebrity guests and comics who appear as critics and correspondents.

Fink pointed to such entertainment moments as Flock of Seagulls’ off-key rendition of a Ryan Cabrera tune on NBC’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time” as “the reason we’re doing the show.”

 “There absolutely needs to be a series that can pull and properly present all this great stuff. And Spade has the credibility to do it, since he sort of exists in that world.”

In its original incarnation, Giraldo had been set to host “Showbiz Show,” formerly titled “Gone Hollywood,” and had even completed the pilot (Daily Variety, Sept. 7). Insiders say, however, that while Comedy Central remains high on Giraldo — and continues to search for the right vehicle for him — programming execs were holding out for Spade, who had only signed on to exec produce.

But with Spade free from “8 Simple Rules” duty, cable topper Doug Herzog aggressively courted the comedian and was ultimately able to persuade him to come aboard as host, albeit for a weekly show.

“This is a show that has been missing from TV and is one that I have always wanted to watch,” Spade said. “There are too many fawning entertainment shows out there and not one of them is making fun of it all.”

Fink serves as head writer for “The Late Late Show” and is Spade’s long-time collaborator.

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