Longtime Jon Stewart collaborator Stewart Bailey has been tapped as exec producer for Fox’s upcoming latenight gabber “Talkshow with Spike Feresten.”
Also coming aboard as co-exec producer: Michele Armour, most recently co-EP on “Chapelle’s Show.”
Bailey will share the exec producer credit with Feresten, whose Fox TV Studios-produced skein debuts Sept. 16 after “Mad TV.” While bowing as a weekly Saturday night skein, Fox has indicated “Talkshow” could be the net’s first step back into the Monday-Friday latenight comedy wars.
Until leaving “The Daily Show,” Bailey spent nine years working with Stewart, picking up three Emmys and two Peabody Awards along the way. Most recently co-exec producer of Stewart’s Comedy Central skein, Bailey also worked as a producer on Stewart’s MTV and syndicated skeins.
Armour was co-exec producer of “Chapelle’s Show” from 2002 until the skein halted production. She’d previously spent seven years at CBS working on a range of news, sports and entertainment programming.
FTVS exec veepee of alternative development Holly Jacobs said Bailey and Armour will be a good comic fit with Feresten, a former “Seinfeld” scribe.
“Having worked in this realm for so long, (they) both understand the demands of producing the kind of … comedy which is so much a part of latenight,” Jacobs said.