Whitney Cummings will definitely have a show on the air in the fall on a network within the NBC Universal family. But probably not two.
E! announced Monday (April 30) that it has greenlit a weekly talk show called “Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings,” which debut later this year. In the release announcing the show, Cummings says, “This show gives me a chance to get back to my stand-up roots. And I’m really excited to be able to say (almost) whatever I’d like on TV again. So thanks, E!”
Cummings’ new show wouldn’t necessarily preclude a second season of “Whitney” on NBC, but it’s usually not a good sign when the star (and in this case, creator) of a show on the bubble takes another job. NBC and E! are both part of the NBC Universal conglomerate, so we have to figure there was at least some sort of inter-office discussion about it.
Cummings’ line about getting to say whatever she wants also reads to us like a bit of a jab at NBC.
As for the new show, E! says “Love You, Mean It” will be a “weekly medley of witty commentary featuring Whitney’s take on everything from the biggest pop culture and celebrity happenings, to life, relationships, sex, and more.” Celebrity guests and some of her comedian friends will join her on the show, which will be paired with “The Soup” on Wednesday nights.
Chelsea Handler, Cummings’ Wednesday-night comedy partner on NBC for a time this season, is executive producing “Love You, Mean It” with Cummings and Tom Brunelle.