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'Halo' is actually, really, finally coming to TV

June 28, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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It’s happening. The Halo television show that Microsoft and Steven Spielberg have been talking about for five years is actually heading into production in early 2019. The show’s working title is simply Halo and details about the plot are scarce, though it’ll feature the franchise’s classic storyline about a futuristic war between the human race and enemy aliens known as the Covenant. Showtime has ordered a 10-episode season of Halo, and episodes are set to be one hour long.

The TV show comes from 343 Industries, the current custodian of the Halo video game series, and Amblin Television, a production company founded by Steven Spielberg and friends. Kyle Killen, the creator and showrunner of Awake and Lone Star, will serve as executive producer, showrunner and writer. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has been tapped to direct a handful of episodes and he’s also executive producing.

The Halo TV series has survived five years of corporate shakeups, including the closure of Microsoft Entertainment Studios in 2014. Though details about the show were never made public after its debut announcement, executives at Microsoft, 343 Industries and Showtime have repeatedly confirmed its existence over the years. Showtime CEO David Nevins repeated the promise in January, saying the show was “still in very active development.”

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Desus and Mero to host Showtime's first weekly late-night talk show

June 18, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, hosts of the weeknight talk show Desus & Mero, are leaving Viceland and heading to Showtime. The two will host the network’s first weekly late-night talk show on which they’ll chat with guests about pop culture, sports, music, politics and other topics. “We’re honored and excited to be joining the Showtime family,” Desus Nice said in a statement. “The brand is stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to make amazing authentic television that will make your wiggington explode.”

The duo launched a podcast called Desus vs. Mero in 2013, which later turned into a web series, and their popular Bodega Boys podcast followed in 2015. In October 2016, their Viceland show Desus & Mero debuted, a series that’s currently wrapping up its second season. The show is largely unscripted, instead relying on the hosts’ abilities to quickly and seamlessly riff on each other’s jokes.

As for the new Showtime series, Mero told the New York Times that the duo foresees it as a “mashup of The Daily Show and the Chappelle show,” and that it could feature sketches and correspondents. As they did when approached by Viceland, Desus and Mero told Showtime that they wanted the freedom to keep a loosely structured show. It’s currently unclear whether their weekly show will hire writers or just producers to spot potential content for the hosts to cover.

“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,” Showtime CEO David Nevins said in a statement. “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.”

“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 Mero.

The half-hour show is set to premiere in 2019.