Stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman is set to star on Hulu talk show I LOVE YOU, AMERICA. The weekly talk/variety show was taken out last month to cable and digital networks by Funny or Die and has now received a 10-episode straight-to-series order.
In the series, Silverman will discuss the current political and emotional landscape of the country. It stems from merging an idea had with one from the Funny or Die team. Funny or Die previously found success with Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick. Hulu looks to be following suit of Netflix, who found success with Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea.
Silverman executive produces with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Amy Avi.
Silverman was a staple of last year’s election season, announcing her support of Bernie Sanders early on, followed by Hillary Clinton when she won the Democratic nominations. While the current network late night line-up varies in its political narrative (with Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers focusing on the White House while Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and James Corden stay more broad), cable and digital networks have been diving headfirst with political commentary. Most notably are TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and HBO’s Last Week Tonight.
The comedian has previously starred in Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central, and was won an Emmy for her stand-up special on HBO. More recently, she has recurred on Showtime’s period drama Masters of Sex and has set up a stand-up special on Netflix.
Emily J | TV Editor