Sarah Silverman is officially coming to Late Night…well, kind of. Silverman’s political talk show I Love You, America, which originated from an idea by Funny or Die, has been picked up by Hulu.
According to Deadline, Hulu picked up 10 episodes of the new series to air weekly. Silverman previously had a show on Comedy Central called The Sarah Silverman Program, but this is her first time moving to a streaming service.
I Love You, America is following the new trend of moving late night-esque shows to streaming services that can be aired anytime. Prior to this, Chelsea Handler moved from a talk show on cable to streaming her show Chelsea on Netflix.
It’s a little up in the air how well Silverman’s new show will do, given she’s been out of the game for a little while now. Although she’s appeared on a variety of program since The Sarah Silverman Program went off the air in 2010, including Bob’s Burgers and Masters of Sex, it’s been a while since she headlined her own mainstream show. It begs the question — is she even still relevant?
In her absence, other female comedians have moved into her place, including Samantha Bee, who has been doing remarkably well this season. And Amy Schumer’s show Inside Amy Schumer has already been renewed for a fifth season, although no word on when production will begin. Not that there’s a limited amount of women who can succeed in comedy, because we would love to see more female comedians headline their own TV shows, we’re just not sure that Sarah Silverman is the right pick. Not to mention, isn’t it time for a non-white female comedian to get her own show? Like, if Hulu wanted to offer Ali Wong her own political series, we’d be all for that.