Lonely Island to produce female-led sketch comedy series for Fox

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On the heels of Netflix announcing its first original sketch comedy seriesand Seesos new slate of spring shows, Fox is set to debut its first late-night sketch show since MadTV.

The new series, Party Over Here, will run on Saturday nights and stars Girl Codes Nicole Byer, SNL writer Alison Rich, and Jessica McKenna of Foxs improv comedy show Riot. Its the first show in the Lonely Islands multi-year deal with Fox, which will allow the trioAndy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schafferto develop comedy programming for Fox and streaming platforms like Hulu.

The Lonely Island, which rose to fame on YouTube before becoming part of SNLs viral and digital arsenal, said in a statement: When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff ofEmpire. We failed miserably… now its much more of a sketch comedy show.

It will be interesting to see how the series, which will be produced by the Lonely Island andThe Leagues Paul Scheer, fares against SNL. Party Over Here debuts March 12.

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