The network Freeform is coming into its own just over a year into the rebrand from ABC Family. They do their upfronts in April so I am already looking forward to “Siren,” the mermaid drama coming Summer 2018 (really!) alongside a Marvel team effort led by Squirrel Girl (REALLY)!
In the meantime I am enjoying life right now with “Truth & Iliza,” a 10pm weekly talk show with Iliza Shlesinger. I’ve been a fan of hers since “Excused” and, if I can toot my own horn here, flagged her name to a production company that I worked at as upcoming talent several years ago. She has been a touring comedian for years and now has several specials under her belt.
Freeform was right to give her a weekly talk show and has done a great job with their iteration. It takes elements from traditional structure – cold open, desk, guests. But your Ed McMahon/Hank Kingsley/Jon Batiste is now a guest of the week that she might have met at the bar – and if the first two episodes are any indication, it’s a really great neighborhood gay bar.