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Iliza Shlesinger: Freeform greenlights comedian's late-night series

‘I can’t wait to put my stamp on the late-night format,’ says Shlesinger

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Samantha Bee and Chelsea Handler are about to welcome a new female late-night host to town. 

Freeform on Friday announced its new late-night series will be fronted by comedian Iliza Shlesinger.

Shlesinger is best known for winning season 6 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and for her three Netflix comedy specials, including this month’s Confirmed Kills. She’s also preparing to launch her book, Girl Logic, which will be published in spring 2017.

“A late-night show has been THE goal for me and I’m ready to throw my hat into the ring,” Shlesinger said in a press release. “I couldn’t be more excited to work with Freeform because they understand my voice as a comedian and are allowing me the freedom to create something special.”

The feeling is mutual. “We were looking for a voice that speaks to and for our audience, and we have found it in Iliza,” Karey Burke, Freeform’s executive vice president of programming and development, said in a press release. “It’s Iliza’s brilliantly modern take on culture, relationships, and gender politics that made her vision for a series undeniable to us.”

A premiere date has not yet been announced. Executive producers include Shlesinger, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen Turner, David Martin and Kara Baker from Avalon Television, the group behind Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Catastrophe.

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