Jimmy, Jimmy, James, John, Samantha, Stephen, Seth, Conan, Chelsea, Carson, Chris, Larry, Trevor, Andy, Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my. This month, Pop and Lionsgate Television will start production on TRACI FROM NIGHTCAP (working title), a 10-episode, original scripted comedy series featuring the hilarity that ensues behind-the-scenes of a fictitious late night talk show, entitled “The Nightcap With Jimmy.”
Starring Ali Wentworth (“In Living Color”, “Head Case,” “It’s Complicated”, “Office Space”) and produced by Lionsgate Television (Golden Globe-nominated “Orange is the New Black” and “Casual,” “Nashville,” “The Royals” and “Mad Men”), TRACI FROM NIGHTCAP is an edgy, over-the-top, single camera, culture-commentary comedy that will feature a mixed cast of improvisational actors and real-life celebrities. Each half-hour episode covers the hectic 22 minutes prior to a live airing of a late night talk show, which are fraught with insanity, urgency, absurdity, laughter and lip-sync rehearsals. Besides starring as a producer on the fictitious late night show, Wentworth also serves as an executive producer on the new Pop series.
“It’s been a lifelong dream to portray the true unsung hero of late night television, the talent booker! I apologize to all the Hollywood talent bookers who told me their celeb secrets off the record that I will now exploit for money,” remarked Ali Wentworth.
“In the spirit of great workplace comedies in the world of broadcasting – from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ to ’30 Rock’ – we are excited to take viewers into ‘Traci From Nightcap,’” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group Chairman. “Starring Ali Wentworth, we know that this series will have a smart, irreverent voice and reflect Lionsgate’s original, noisy and provocative signature brand of programming.”
“We are in another golden age of late night television with a new guard of buzz-making, digital-innovating, comedic talk show hosts that are driving fandom and the social conversation,” said Paul Adler, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Pop. “‘Traci From Nightcap’ taps into this cultural phenomenon, while Ali’s comedic spirit and New York social scene connections will pave the way for an entertaining comedy that is sharp-witted, celebrity-fueled and engaging.”