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Joel McHale to debut Netflix talk show next month

Joel McHale, longtime host of E!’s “The Soup,” will debut his new show next month.
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Joel McHale, longtime host of E!’s “The Soup,” will debut his new show next month.

Looks like Netflix is continuing to push its way into the talk-show genre, pulling a few cable and network hosts over to streaming. First it gave us two seasons of Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea,” and recently the first hour of the six-episode “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman” became available.

Now, Netflix has snagged Joel McHale, longtime host of E!’s “The Soup,” for a half-hour talker called “The Joel McHale Show Starring Joel McHale.” The weekly show, which premieres Feb. 18, will take on events in pop culture and the news, not unlike “The Soup,” and it will feature celebrity guests and sketches. Or, as Netflix is putting it, the show will be a “fast and funny distillation of everything people are talking about that week.”

The first season will include 13 episodes. In an effort to be somewhat timely, the show will tape on Thursday nights, then become available on Sundays. In our current news cycle, which turns faster than a clothes dryer, he’ll need some luck with that.

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McHale has also done some acting, on the sitcoms “Community” and “The Great Indoors” as well as on episodes of “Sons of Anarchy” and “The X-Files.” But he may be best known for his hosting gigs, not just on “The Soup” but on the 2014 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, the 2015 ESPY Awards, and the 2017 People’s Choice Awards.