Someone has finally come up with a late-night format that really does break the prevailing pattern of a late-night landscape that many observers have suggested has grown a bit stale.
It may or may not turn out to be the cure for a stagnant daypart, but at least Syfy’s “Alien News Desk,” announced today, appears to be a decent attempt at it.
The animated program, set to premiere in early 2019, comes from the producers of “Saturday Night Live,” and will feature the voices of “SNL” alum Will Forte and current featured star Heidi Gardner. The show is Syfy’s first original late-night animated series.
Syfy describes the concept as “a weekly, half-hour topical animated series set in an extraterrestrial newsroom.” Forte plays alien news anchor “Drexx Drudlarr,” with Gardner as alien co-anchor “Tuva Van Void.”
The 12-episode series “will cover up-to-the-minute news and commentary about the universe’s most baffling species — the inscrutable Humans of Planet Earth,” Syfy says.
Chris McCumber, president of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, said in today’s announcement: “The expansion into original animation and late-night marks the next step in the evolution of Syfy, and builds on the successes we’ve had bringing new, younger viewers to the network. Tackling news, politics and entertainment from the perspective of alien newscasters completely puzzled by our human ways, ‘Alien News Desk’ is a fun, irreverent way to put a uniquely ‘Syfy spin on the late-night current affairs genre.”
“Alien News Desk” is produced by Broadway Video and Bento Box Entertainment. “Saturday Night Live” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels is executive producer alongside “Saturday Night Live” producer Erik Kenward, also executive producing. “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” head writer Dennis McNicholas is executive producer and showrunner, with Scott Gairdner (“Moonbeam City”) as co-executive producer. Joel Kuwahara and Scott Greenberg from Bento Box Entertainment are executive producers. From Broadway Video, Andrew Singer is executive producer, with Katy Jenson as co-executive producer.