Comedienne to sub for Spitzer next week

Joy Behar is set to join Current TV’s lineup this fall with “The Joy Behar Show.”

The hourlong evening skein will feature Behar discussing timely political and social issues as well as topics du jour with a rotating group of journalists and analysts.

The comedian previously hosted a program dubbed “The Joy Behar Show” that ran on CNN’s HLN from 2009 through the end of 2011. Along with that talkshow credit, Behar was one of the original cast members of “The View” and has guest hosted “Larry King Live.”

“The Joy Behar Show” will not conflict with Behar’s continued co-hosting of “The View,” according to Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt.

“It’ll be a different show, although her popularity on ‘The View’ is a huge asset for us,” Hyatt told Variety. “The respect and affection that that enormously large audience has for her will hopefully follow to our platform.”

Though Behar is not widely known for political commentary, Hyatt said her show will make “political news easy to consume” for a broad audience thanks to her “wit, insight and sense of humor.” “Much of what Joy cares about are political and social issues,” Hyatt said. The addition of Behar, he said, is an example of Current’s “aggressive, strategic” push for a competitive primetime lineup.

The addition of Behar to Current TV comes just over two months after Current’s firing of Keith Olbermann and the subsequent lawsuit and countersuit between the commentator and the network.

“The Joy Behar Show” will air Monday-Thursday at 6 p.m. ET in September, with the evening’s show repeating during Current TV’s primetime schedule. In the meantime, Behar will be subbing in for Eliot Spitzer, host of “Viewpoint,” while he’s on vacation next week. The temp show, “Joy Behar: One Week Only Until the Fall” will serve as a preview of her upcoming autumn skein and air Monday-Friday next week at 8 p.m. ET.

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