Desus & Mero (2019 TV series)

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Desus & Mero
Desus & Mero Showtime logo.svg
GenreLate-night talk show
StarringDesus Nice
The Kid Mero
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Daniel "Desus Nice" Baker
  • Joel "The Kid Mero" Martinez
  • Victor Lopez
  • Tony Hernandez
  • Lilly Burns
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Bodega Boys Original
Jax Media
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseFebruary 21, 2019 (2019-02-21) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byDesus & Mero (2016)
Related showsDesus vs. Mero
External links
Website

Desus & Mero is an American television late-night talk show series hosted by Desus Nice and The Kid Mero. The show premiered on February 21, 2019 on Showtime.[1]

This is the third series co-hosted by Desus and Mero, following the 2014 Complex TV web series Desus vs. Mero, and the 2016 Viceland television and web series Desus & Mero.[2][3]

Development & production[edit]

Showtime announced they had ordered a half-hour late night series starring Desus and Mero in June 2018, to be the network's first late night show ever.[4]

Desus and Mero stated that the increased budget would allow the show to have more pre-recorded sketches, a research team, and an upgraded set.[5] They also hired a writer's room with the following writers: Mike Pielocik, Josh Gondelman, Claire Friedman, Ziwe Fumudoh, Robert Kornhauser, and Heben Nigatu.[6]

The series debuted February 21, 2019. Congresswoman and fellow Bronx native Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was their first guest.[5] On April 21, 2019, it was announced that Desus & Mero would expand to air two nights per week, on Mondays and Thursdays, until August 5, 2019.[7]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title [8]Guest(s) [8]Original air date [8] Viewers
(millions)
11"Series Premiere, Ballbags"Alexandria Ocasio-CortezFebruary 21, 2019 (2019-02-21)0.151[9]
22"Talk Your Talk"Don CheadleFebruary 28, 2019 (2019-02-28)N/A
33"Struggle Jeans"Vince Staples and John LegendMarch 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)0.056[10]
44"If I Woulda Did It"Ben Stiller and 2 ChainzMarch 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)0.032[11]
55"Hateful Hairline"Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Kirsten GillibrandMarch 21, 2019 (2019-03-21)0.052[12]
66"You Thought!"Carmelo Anthony and Jordan PeeleMarch 28, 2019 (2019-03-28)N/A
77"Mad Buns"Issa RaeApril 4, 2019 (2019-04-04)0.030[13]
88"News Adjacent"Stacey Abrams and Anna KendrickApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)0.078[14]
99"Grits Ratio"Cory BookerApril 18, 2019 (2019-04-18)N/A
1010"Waiting For Julio"Seth RogenMay 2, 2019 (2019-05-02)N/A
1111"On Deckington"Lil Nas XMay 6, 2019 (2019-05-06)0.041[15]
1212"Open Your Third Eye"Charlize TheronMay 9, 2019 (2019-05-09)0.029[16]
1313"Look At Your Mans"Wu-Tang ClanMay 13, 2019 (2019-05-13)0.043[17]
1414"Fax"Bill HaderMay 16, 2019 (2019-05-16)N/A
1515"Jamaican Hockey"Amy PoehlerMay 20, 2019 (2019-05-20)0.020[18]
1616"Royal Baby Newport"Gabrielle UnionMay 23, 2019 (2019-05-23)0.038[19]
1717"Hold That"Ava DuVernayMay 30, 2019 (2019-05-30)TBD
1818"Lowkey, Stay Down"Spike LeeJune 3, 2019 (2019-06-03)TBD
1919"Platinum Dad Joke"Pete ButtigiegJune 6, 2019 (2019-06-06)TBD
2020"Pon'delocke"Lin-Manuel MirandaJune 10, 2019 (2019-06-10)TBD
2121"Electric Lemonade"Regina HallJune 13, 2019 (2019-06-13)TBD

Critical reception[edit]

Desus & Mero has received positive reviews. Daniel D'addario wrote for Variety, "Their perspective, in a sea of late-night shows all modeled on John Oliver’s studiousness, feels genuinely new. And Desus and Mero showed enough comic resourcefulness, and enough enthusiasm and warmth, throughout their broadcast to make clear it’s worth watching no matter who guests."[20] Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Kristen Baldwin gave the show a B+ and stated in the review, "The initial outing revealed a few weaknesses in the new format, but it retained the humor, point of view, and boisterous energy that makes Desus and Mero an essential late-night addition."[21] Marc Silver wrote for The Washington Post, "With their own wit and the help of veterans from the Stephen Colbert and John Oliver late-night shows, they bring a fresh and funny take and add all-too-rarely heard black and Latino perspectives."[22]

Accolades[edit]

Hosts Desus and Mero received a 2019 Webby Special Achievement Award for the talk show.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Petski, Denise (November 29, 2018). "'Desus & Mero' Late-Night Show Gets February Premiere Date On Showtime". Deadline. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 15, 2018). "'Desus & Mero' Stars Ending Their Viceland Show, Eye Deal At Showtime". Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Hawgood, Alex (March 15, 2019). "Ziwe Fumudoh Uses Humor to Push Racial Buttons". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Wright, Megh. "Showtime Orders Its First-Ever Late-Night Show, Hosted by Desus and Mero". Vulture. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b Nguyen, Hanh (February 21, 2019). "'Desus & Mero': The Bodega Boys Are Ready to Shake Up Late Night All Over Again". IndieWire. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  6. ^ Wright, Megh (February 15, 2019). "Here's the Writing Staff for Showtime's Desus & Mero". Vulture. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (2019-04-29). "'Desus & Mero' Expands To Two Nights A Week For Summer Run On Showtime". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  8. ^ a b c "Desus and Mero - Season 1 | SHOWTIME". SHO.com. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.21.2019". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.7.2019". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.14.2019". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.21.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.4.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  14. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.11.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  15. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.6.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  16. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.9.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.13.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.20.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  19. ^ "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.23.2019 | Showbuzz Daily". www.showbuzzdaily.com. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  20. ^ "'Desus & Mero' keeps it real on Showtime: EW review". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  21. ^ "'Desus & Mero' keeps it real on Showtime: EW review". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  22. ^ Silver, Marc. "Showtime's 'Desus & Mero' brings a fresh voice to late night". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  23. ^ Bennett, Anita; Bennett, Anita (2019-05-08). "Webby Awards To Honor Michael Douglas & Comedy Duo Desus and Mero". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-12.

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