“We’re thrilled to give Wyatt this opportunity to showcase his bold take on today’s social issues,” said Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president of HBO Programming. “His ability to tackle tough topics with humor and insight makes this show a perfect addition to our late-night lineup.”
The untitled, ten-episode series is slated to debut on HBO next spring. It will take a satirical look at social and cultural issues from Cenac’s unique perspective. Rather than sit behind a desk, he will undertake a journey to understand some of the big issues of the moment and investigate real-world solutions. Cenac will also executive produce along with Oliver, Ezra Edelman, and Hallie Haglund, herself also a “Daily Show” alum who will also be the head writer on the new series. Diane Fitzgerald will be co-executive producer on the show, which will be produced for HBO by Avalon Television.
“While my initial ask to play one of Molly’s love interests on ‘Insecure’ was rejected, this is a nice consolation,” says Cenac. “My thanks to Nina, Casey Bloys and everyone at HBO for finally giving me a place where I can comfortably swear on television.”
From 2008 to 2012, Wyatt Cenac was a writer and popular correspondent on the hit late-night series “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he earned three Emmy Awards and one WGA Award. The album of his hour-long standup special, “Brooklyn,” which he also directed, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. His other TV credits include a starring role in the series “People of Earth,” plus “Archer,” “Maron,” “Bojack Horseman” and “Bob’s Burgers.” Currently appearing in the feature film “I Do…Until I Don’t,” Cenac’s film credits also include “Sleepwalk with Me” and Barry Jenkins’ “Medicine for Melancholy,” which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. He is repped by UTA, Avalon Management, and attorney Jared Levine.
After leaving “The Daily Show” in 2013, Oliver signed on to host his own HBO late-night series “Last Week Tonight.” It has drawn strong critical praise for Oliver’s satirical take on news, politics, and cultural issues. The show has been nominated for eight Primetime Emmy awards, and won two Creative Arts Emmys this uear. Last year it won three Primetime Emmys, including for outstanding variety talk series. HBO recently renewed the show through 2020.