Charlamagne Tha God is expanding to cable TV as the Premiere Networks-syndicated “Breakfast Club” co-host gets his own talk show on Comedy Central. According to Vulture, the weekly half-hour series will focus on current events and cultural issues, with a launch date planned prior to the November elections.
The show reunites Charlamagne Tha God with Chris McCarthy, who serves as President of the Entertainment and Youth Group for Comedy Central parent ViacomCBS. The two previously worked together at MTV2.
“Charlamagne’s voice is very right for today,” McCarthy said. “It’s fresh and real and resonating in a way that very few can do.”
The new program will incorporate news, with Charlamagne pulling on his own viewing habits to formulate the new show. “I love John Oliver every week, I love Bill Maher every week,” he tells Vulture. “There’s something to be said about sitting back and being able to observe everything that happened in a week and then come in say, ‘You know what? This is what I want to touch on.’ But I’m not going to be on here trying to rehash the whole week… I want to talk about the things that can actually impact somebody’s life, in a real way — the things that can actually help move the culture forward.”
The issues of the day will be a main focus of the show, but plans also include guest interviews. The news-making personality says he’ll take his direct style of interacting with guests from radio to TV. “I’m in the business of asking the tough questions, and getting actual statements on how I see the world,” he continues. “And you can choose to agree or disagree. But a conversation will be started.”