It’ll be called The Rundown with Robin Thede and air weekly with 24 episodes on BET. Thede was the head writer for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and a frequent panelist and Chris Rock is, well, Chris Rock.
There are a lot of developments that we’re curious to see play out here.
First, BET isn’t a place that anyone has associated with late night, but the tides of late night on cable over the last few years have encouraged networks to throw their hat in the ring.
Second, weekly late night shows are growing in number every other week, it would seem, and we hope this isn’t the case of a bubble growing only to burst.
Third, Comedy Central has a Franchesca Ramsey (another Nightly Show alum) show in the works that, if picked up, will undoubtedly have to deal with comparisons to Thede’s show. For that, the strategy of either show will be very interesting.
Fourth, this means late night will now have Trevor Noah, Desus & Mero, Tavis Smiley, and Robin Thede as hosts and thus making late night seem much less white than it was just a couple of years ago.
We be excitedly waiting through the summer to see indeed what happens.
Following up the great special New York Story, Colin Quinn is starring and has written a pilot Luncheonette where he plays an ex-cop coffee shop owner. Jax Media, the company behind Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and the developing of a Robin Thede show, is producing it and might just have a great 2017.
Over the last few years, Quinn has extended himself wonderfully all over the place between acting, writing, and performing solo shows, which makes the prospects for what Luncheonette might be very exciting.
If you think about it, it could be a sequel-of-sorts to both New York Story and Cop Show.