Thank heavens for some pleasant news to help push the toxic thought of Jabba the Hutt doppelgänger/predator James Toback out of our minds.
Emmy-winning comedic actor Jane Lynch is developing a daytime talk show that she will host! Since Glee went off the air in 2015, ultra-talented Lynch has not found a good fit for a scripted show—the 2016 Angel From Hell on CBS was canceled and 2017 summer pilot Relatively Happy was not picked up by NBC. The project will be through Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Telepictures (the home of Ellen), and is intended to be a “feel-good, variety show” with a live audience, which makes excellent sense since Lynch is a big fan of Carol Burnette. Allegedly the premise will not include celebrity guests, but will run with Lynch’s “comedic take/spin on everything from pop culture moments to real people with unique, uplifting stories.”
Lynch has impressive experience as a live-audience emcee. Two of her four Emmys were for reality show Hollywood Game Night on NBC, and she once hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards.
According to Deadline, the secret ingredient to successful talk shows is comedic genius, of which Lynch has plenty. Before Glee, she appeared in The 40-Year-Old Virgin to great notice, as well as Will Ferrell’s mother in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Who can forget her hilarious portrayal of butch lesbian Christy Cummings, the ruthless, cheating dog handler in Best in Show, as well as her other contributions to Christopher Guest’s mockumentary canon?
Though Lynch’s program is in the early planning stages, the aim is for a fall 2018 launch.