Fox is jumping back in the late-night arena with the launch of Party Over Here, a sketch comedy series from Saturday Night Live alums Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island. The show, which the trio will executive produce with Paul Scheer (The League), will debut on March 12, airing Saturdays from 11-11:30 PM. It will star up-and-coming actress/comedians Nicole Byer of MTV’s Girl Code, Jessica McKenna (Riot) and Alison Rich (Resident Advisors). Samberg, star of Fox’s primetime comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is not expected to have on-screen presence.
This marks Fox’s return to the late-night sketch arena seven years after the end of MadTV. But while MadTV did go head-to-head against the first half-hour of NBC’s stalwart Saturday Night Live, Party Over Here won’t take on the show where The Lonely Island guys got their break. In the vein of SNL and MadTV, Party Over Here will skewer everything from pop culture to politics and will feature Lonely Island’s signature sketch comedy shorts, along with in-studio segments filmed in front of a live audience at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
“When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of Empire,” deadpanned The Lonely Island. “We failed miserably…now it’s much more of a sketch comedy show.”
Added Scheer, who will serve as director, “In an age where most millennials don’t even know what a TV is, we are really excited to be getting into the TV business.”
Party Over Here stems from Fox’s comedy development venture with The Lonely Island of the same name.
“The late-night landscape is wildly competitive, and we thought long and hard about the kind of audacious, attention-getting voices we needed,” said David Madden, Fox’s President, Entertainment. “Andy, Akiva, Jorma, Paul and our three stars – Nicole, Jessica and Alison – are the ideal group of talent to do just that. They’re fearless, original and, of course, very, very funny.”
Following the end of Mad TV, Fox tried talk shows and an original animated block in the Saturday 11 PM hour. For the past year or so, the network has been airing repeats of its primetime comedies in the time slot.
Party Over Here is produced by Kablamo! Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Billy Rosenberg and Paul Scheer serve as executive producers. Scheer also serves as one of the series’ directors.