Lauren Graham Co-Writing & Starring in a Comedy About Late Night Talk Shows on NBC

By December 1, 2014

Since NBC’s “Parenthood” is finishing its sixth and final season, series regular Lauren Graham has been looking for her next gig, and she seems to have found it at the very same network.

Deadline reports Lauren Graham is developing a new comedy series that she will lead called “Kate On Later,” which the actress will co-write with Luz Tuccillo (He’s Just Not That Into You). In the wake of the recent late night talk show host shuffle, the series will follow Kate, a woman given the opportunity to break the glass-ceiling of late night programming by becoming the first female late night host.

Sounds like a pretty timely and relevant comedy series, especially considering that CBS decided just to get two more white guys to host “The Late Show” and “The Late Late Show,” opting to give the gigs to Stephen Colbert and James Corden respectively as opposed to other proposed names like Chelsea Handler, Aisha Tyler, Sarah Silverman and more.

Lauren Graham - Ellen DeGeneres

And what sweetens the deal here is that popular daytime talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres is executive producing the new show through her A Very Good Production banner. Though this isn’t the first time the two have worked together since they developed Graham’s novel Someday, Someday, Maybe for a TV show ordered by The CW. Maybe Ellen will make time to pop up for a cameo?

Graham is an interesting choice for a show like this as opposed to bringing in a straight-up comedian with stand-up history. The actress has plenty of TV and film experience working in her favor though, so it’s not necessarily a misguided decision. The only concern is that NBC doesn’t seem to know what to do with most of their comedy programming nowadays so this show’s future may not hold much promise. But I’m hoping for the best.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.