Showtime has officially ordered a weekly half-hour late-night series starring Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, scheduled for premiere in 2019.
This comes after a report last Friday said the duo would be parting ways with Viceland and were most likely headed to the premium cabler for a huge deal.
This will be Showtime’s first-ever weekly, late-night talk show. According to the network, it will feature the TV and podcast personalities “speaking highly off the cuff and chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more.”
The announcement was made by David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc.
“We have waited a long time to enter the talk-show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing,” Nevins said. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low. They have a loyal and devoted fan base that will only multiply, and we can’t wait to see them take it to the next level on SHOWTIME.”
“We’re honored and excited to be joining the Showtime family,” Desus Nice said. “The brand is stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to make amazing authentic television that will make your wiggington explode.”
“I’m excited to be joining a network with such a strong foundation and track record of producing fuegooooo and to break new ground with a late-night comedy show!” said The Kid Mero.
The network added, “Desus (Daniel Baker) and Mero (Joel Martinez) reconnected online in the early days of Twitter, where they unleashed their potent personalities and found themselves kindred spirits. That led to a groundbreaking podcast that the rising stars turned into the weeknight talk show Desus and Mero, developing a feverish following. Bringing a distinct voice to late night, Desus and Mero talk spontaneously about anything and everything – including the toughest topics – but laughs are first and foremost on their agenda.”
The two have also appeared in Uncommon Sense, Joking Off and Guy Code, while continuing to host the Bodega Boys podcast.