It seems that Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert have a new colleague in the fake news arena. According to Variety, comedian D.L. Hughley has signed on for a news-driven comedy program for CNN.
The show, which is untitled as of now, will premiere on Saturday, October 25 at 10 PM on the network. The move is seen as an attempt by CNN to draw in a younger crowd and capture some of the "fake news" popularity led by The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
"D.L. is a very thoughtful, well-informed guy with unpredictable views, and I've always admired his comedy," said CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein. "The basic premise of the show is, what if a guy like him was let loose in the CNN building for a weekend after the lights went off?"
The show will feature interviews with newsmakers and reporters and Hughley will comment on areas such as politics, pop culture, sports and entertainment. However, it won't be a fake newscast like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. It will feature Hughley's real thoughts and opinions on current affairs.
"I'm a big fan of both of those shows," Hughley said, "but I've got a different skill set. I'm not going to parody a news show or a news anchor. My show will reflect my views on things just as their shows reflect their views."
The show will tape in front of a live studio audience in New York.