Niecy Nash cuts deal for late-night show
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 8/22/2018, 11:10 a.m.
Actress Niecy Nash, the star of the “Claws” series on TNT, has cut a deal with the network for a late night talk show, making her the first Black woman to have her own show on a major network during the late night slot. Samantha Bee is on TNT sister channel TBS, but her show is only on once a week on a seasonal basis. According to Variety, TNT has ordered a pilot for the late-night series that Nash will host and executive produce. Currently titled “Naked with Niecy Nash,” the series would see Nash offer advice on love, sex, romance and relationships with everyday people. Sue Murphy, who served as an executive producer and writer on the Netflix talk show “Chelsea” and as an executive producer on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” will serve as an executive producer and show runner on the pilot. Should the project get ordered to series, it would mark the first late-night series in TNT’s history. Nash would also be one of only two female late-night hosts on network TV, with the other being Samantha Bee, who hosts “Full Frontal” on TBS. “I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” Nash said. “Love is the thing we were created for but it’s also the place we struggle the most… until now! This is going to be a fun and sexy ride! TNT is the perfect partner for me in this endeavor! Adding an experienced and amazing executive producer and show runner like Sue Murphy to this mix was the cherry on top.” Nash currently stars on the TNT dramedy “Claws,” which was renewed for a third season back in July. She was also recently cast in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming “Central Park Five” series at Netflix. Her other notable acting credits include “Reno 911,” “Scream Queens,” “The Soul Man,” and “Getting On.” She previously hosted the talk show “Let’s Talk About Love,” which aired on Yahoo, and the unscripted Style Network series “Clean House.” Said Sarah Abrey, executive CP of original programming at TNT, “Niecy’s award-nominated work in our hit series, ‘Claws,’ doesn’t even begin to cover the range of talent she can bring to television. Her improvisational skills, laugh-out-loud sense of humor, honesty, and thoughtfulness about the subjects of love and relationships made her book, ‘It’s Hard to Fight Naked,’ a best-seller, and make Sue Murphy and Niecy Nash the perfect team to bring this type of playful show to TNT. Despite the title, Niecy will be doing the pilot fully-clothed.” The series will be co-produced by Nash’s production company, Chocolate Chick.