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Joel McHale to Host Weekly Netflix Unscripted Series

Joel McHale is set to host a new unscripted series for Netflix, the streaming giant announced Friday.

Titled “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale,” the Lionsgate-produced show will be a half-hour topical series that will skewer the latest events in pop culture and news from across the globe. It will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and video clips from the worldwide realms of TV, sports, politics, celebrity culture, and every corner of the internet. The 13-episode first season launches globally Feb. 18 with new episodes dropping every week.

McHale will executive produce in addition to hosting. Paul Feig, KP Anderson, Jessie Henderson, Brad Stevens, and Boyd Vico will also executive produce. The series is produced by Pygmy Wolf Productions, Free Period Productions, and Feigco Entertainment in association wit Lionsgate Television.

The series marks a return to form for McHale, who hosted the unscripted E! series “The Soup” from 2004-2015. McHale is also known for starring in the sitcom “Community” and most recently starred in the CBS sitcom “The Great Indoors.”

The announcement also continues Netflix’s push into talk show fare. The streamer previously aired the show “Chelsea,” hosted by Chelsea Handler, which recently ended after two seasons. Netflix also recently launched the David Letterman-hosted series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

McHale is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. Anderson is repped by the Gersh Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher. Feig is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern LLP. Henderson is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan et al. Vico and Stevens are repped by WME.

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