The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out a series order for a live weekly late-night talk show hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, according to The Hollywood Reporter
The CNN commentator will anchor the weekly series, called VH1 Live. The show, produced by Embassy Row (Watch What Happens Live, Talking Dead), will deliver pop culture spin on entertainment news and gossip. The series debuts Sunday, July 17 at 10 p.m.
The deal keeps Hill in the Viacom fold after serving as a BET News host. The VH1 show will see the Ivy League educated host infuse his opinions and wit with what’s billed as a “raw street savvy ” approach to the subject matter. The audience and social media will also play a role in the conversation, with Hill poised to be joined by some of VH1’s biggest stars to get exclusive, behind-the-scenes buzz on the cable network’s top-rated shows.
VH1’s newly appointed reality topper Nina L. Diaz will executive produce VH1 Live alongside Trevor Rose, Jen McGovern, Tolani Holmes and Embassy Row.