Iliza Shlesinger (Excused, Last Comic Standing) has been tapped to host upcoming TBS series Separation Anxiety, described as a comedic, relationship-based game show with a unique twist. TBS has ordered 14 one-hour episodes, with plans to launch the show in late 2015. The series, announced in May during Turner’s upfront presentation in New York, is being produced by 5×5 Media and Electus.
“What makes Separation Anxiety such a fun, unique game show is the way it puts relationships to the test,” said David Eilenberg, SVP of unscripted series, specials and late night for TBS. “On top of having a great premise, Separation Anxiety is hosted by Iliza Shlesinger, one of the hottest new comedians in the business. We’re very excited to be adding Iliza’s fresh and funny voice to TBS’s growing roster of comedy superstars.”
Shlesinger got her break in broadcast television when she became the youngest and first female winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2008. She has since launched a successful touring career, hosted syndicated dating show Excused and done two comedy specials for Netflix, War Paint in 2013, which reached No. 1 on iTunes, and Freezing Hot.
Shlesinger also has a project in development at ABC — Forever 31, a comedy written by and starring Shlesinger. Her TV credits include hosting CBS’s syndicated comedy dating show Excused, as well as multiple appearances on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Fox’s World’s Funniest Fails, Comedy Central Presents, NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, E! Entertainment’s Chelsea Lately and The Soup, NBC’S Last Call With Carson Daly and TBS’s Deal With It and Who Gets The Last Laugh? Shlesinger also participated in The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s personal USO Tour throughout the Middle East and Europe, as well as Al Roker’s Today Show USO Tour in Afghanistan, with Jay Leno and Craig Robinson.
Separation Anxiety expands TBS’s creative partnership with 5×5 Media and Electus, producers of its King Of The Nerds, which wrapped its third season in March. Separation Anxiety is executive-produced by 5×5 Media’s Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk and Charles Wachter, and Electus’ Chris Grants. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, will handle international distribution. Shlesinger is repped by APA and Avalon Management.