The brand is only getting stronger.
Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez, better known as Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, are leaving their current gig at Viceland to host Showtime’s first weekly late-night talk show, the network announced Monday.
The Bronx-raised duo were longtime friends before they began their podcast The Bodega Boys, which led them to the two-season run of their Viceland weeknight talk show Desus & Mero, where they gave out their “spicy” takes on pop culture and interviewed “nothing but illustrious guests.”
“We have waited a long time to enter the talk-show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing,” said Showtime Networks President and CEO David Nevins in a statement. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers, and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low. They have a loyal and devoted fan base that will only multiply, and we can’t wait to see them take it to the next level on Showtime.”
Their new half-hour show is set to debut in 2019. It is not yet clear how (or if) the new show will differ from their Viceland show, but it will still feature the personalities speaking quite off the cuff about a range of topics, including pop culture, sports, music and politics, and interviewing celebrity guests.
“We’re honored and excited to be joining the Showtime family,” Desus Nice said. “The brand is stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to make amazing authentic television that will make your wiggington explode.”
Added The Kid Mero, “I’m excited to be joining a network with such a strong foundation and track record of producing fuegooooo and to break new ground with a late-night comedy show!”
The last episode of Desus & Mero is set to air on June 28, so it looks like we’ll just have to wait until 2019 to see if the rainbows will make a return, and surely see what Pioladitingancia is up to.