A new late-night show starring a past winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” has received the green light at Freeform. The project will star Iliza Shlesinger, who won season six of “Last Comic Standing” back in 2008, becoming the first woman to win it and the show’s youngest winner.
Shlesinger has been hosting the TBS comedy/game show “Separation Anxiety.”
In announcing the new project, Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform, said: “We were looking for a voice that speaks to and for our audience, and we have found it in Iliza. We weren’t just looking to get into late-night for the sake of it — it’s Iliza’s brilliantly modern take on culture, relationships, and gender politics that made her vision for a series undeniable to us.”
Shlesinger added: “A late-night show has been THE goal for me and I’m ready to throw my hat into the ring. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Freeform because they understand my voice as a comedian and are allowing me the freedom to create something special. I can’t wait to put my stamp on the late-night format.”
This past summer, Shlesinger premiered her scripted Web series “Forever 31” on ABC’s new digital platform ABCd, with the show already picked up for a second season. Her third Netflix special, “Confirmed Kills,” premieres on the streaming service Sept. 23.
Shlesinger will executive produce the new Freeform show along with Jon Thoday, Richard Allen Turner, David Martin and Kara Baker from Avalon Television (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and “Catastrophe”).