Political satire shows have become an understandably saturated market in recent years, and not all of these series have thrived. Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central series, The Nightly Show, found itself getting the axe last August, but the host has quickly rebounded from the loss of his comedy platform. In fact, Wilmore recently addressed his upcoming plans in his new job at ABC Studios, and it sounds like he's working on developing quite a few projects -- starting with the black-ish spinoff. The comedian explained:
There's a couple of things I'm working on that I can't talk about yet, unfortunately. There's this thing I'm doing with Kenya, the black-ish spinoff -- I think that's going to be very exciting and other things too.
Larry Wilmore recently spoke to Deadline about his responsibilities now that The Nightly Show has come to an end, and it's pretty clear that he hasn't decided to rest on his laurels. The comedian inked an overall deal with ABC Studios last fall to develop content, and it appears that the first order of business is preparing the upcoming black-ish spin-off with series creator Kenya Barris. Wilmore also apparently has a show in the works that will involve him "speaking to the audience directly," but as of right now that project remains firmly under wraps. It's not much information to go by, but it's clear that he's in the development stage for many different jobs.
In addition to the development of his own content, Wilmore has also been tasked with the duties of recruiting and fostering young, up-and-coming comedic voices for ABC, as well. That last part appears to be what Larry Wilmore is most excited about with regards to his newfound role at ABC Studios. Although he's not engaging in political discourse on a nightly basis anymore, the comedian is now in a position where he gets to collaborate with some of ABC Studios' best and brightest minds. Wilmore elaborated:
I'm excited to be at a place now where I can now do a lot of those different ideas and collaborate with a lot of people that maybe I haven't had a chance to collaborate with before. I mean it's a ton of talent over there at ABC Studios, everyone from Shonda Rhimes to John Ridley, to all kinds of people. That's going to be fun.
Wilmore has really refocused himself on development, which will afford him the opportunity to work on several projects at once. In many ways, this feels like a return to form for the comedian, as his career outside of The Daily Show and The Nightly Show was defined by his work on the development of black-ish, as well as The Bernie Mac Show and The P.J.'s. Although this type of job isn't necessarily what Wilmore became famous for, it's clearly something that he has a talent and passion for, so we're excited to see what happens next.
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