Wyatt Cenac has been on a relentless grind behind the scenes as a writer and also a steadily working stand-up comedian and actor. The hard work has culminated into Cenac landing his own HBO series, which debuts next spring.
Details of the show are scant and there is no working title as of yet. The move was announced Monday (Oct. 16) by HBO’s press office, and from what can be determined, the show is slated to be a 10-part series that will examine hot-button topics of the day. Executive producers include Ezra Edelman, who worked on the O.J.: Made in America series, John Oliver, currently hosting his own HBO series, Hallie Haglund, who worked at Cenac’s old haunt, The Daily Show, and Cenac himself.
From the press release:
“We’re thrilled to give Wyatt this opportunity to showcase his bold take on today’s social issues,” said [HBO executive VP, Progamming] Rosenstein. “His ability to tackle tough topics with humor and insight makes this show a perfect addition to our late-night lineup.”
The half-hour late-night docu-series 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.
“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.”
“Wyatt is one of the smartest, funniest, most curious people I know,” notes Oliver. “I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.”
Congrats to Wyatt Cenac. The still-unnamed series debuts next spring.