“Saturday Night Live” alumnus and former “Just Shoot Me” star David Spade is coming to Comedy Central as host of a new series spoofing Hollywood, celebrities and the people who cover them, the cable network said on Monday.
“The Showbiz Show with David Spade,” slated to premiere in September, is billed as Comedy Central’s satirical answer to such syndicated TV programs as “Entertainment Tonight” and ”Access Hollywood.”
“It will do for Hollywood and the entertainment media what ’The Daily Show’ does for news and politics,” Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani said, referring to the network’s popular newscast satire hosted by comedian Jon Stewart.
The new half-hour series aims to skewer the inflated egos, shameless self-promotion and mediocrity of Hollywood with a mix of on-location field pieces, actual footage, celebrity guests and a cast of faux critics and correspondents, the network said.
Spade will serve as host and produce the series with longtime creative partner Hugh Fink, an Emmy Award-winning former writer on “Saturday Night Live.”
“This is a show that has been missing from TV and is one that I have always wanted to watch,” Spade said in a statement. ”There are too many fawning entertainment shows out there and not one of them is making fun of it all.”
After ending a six-year “Saturday Night Live” stint in 1996, Spade went on to star as the sardonic secretary David Finch on the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me” and later joined the cast of ABC’s “8 Simple Rules” after the untimely death of its star, John Ritter.