The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

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The Joel McHale Show
with Joel McHale
TheJoelMcHaleShow.png
GenreComedy
Directed byLiz Plonka
Presented byJoel McHale
Ending theme"End Credits Song"
by Eli Braden
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • K.P. Anderson
  • Joel McHale
  • Paul Feig
  • Jessie Henderson
  • Brad Stevens
  • Boyd Vico
Producer(s)
  • Jordyn Fischer
  • Charlie Gerencer
  • Ian Milne
  • Andi Porter
  • Jessi Selleh
Running time19–27 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseFebruary 18 (2018-02-18) – July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)
External links
Official website

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is an American comedy web television series hosted by Joel McHale that premiered on February 18, 2018, on Netflix. On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had canceled the series.

Premise[edit]

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale takes "a sharp, absurdist look at pop culture and news from across the globe, in a fast distillation of everything people are talking about that week. It will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and, of course, video clips from TV, sports, politics, celebrity culture, and every nook and cranny of the internet."[1]

McHale has described how being on Netflix opens the show up to a more global audience allowing the series to cover more international content from outside the United States.[2]

Each episode is developed in the week prior to its premiere so that the content that is included is as topical and relevant as possible. The episode will then feature a mix of footage shot during the previous week and other segments taped further in advance.[3]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 19, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of thirteen episodes. The series was set to be hosted by Joel McHale who was expected to executive produce alongside Paul Feig, K.P. Anderson, Jessie Henderson, Brad Stevens, and Boyd Vico. Production companies involved with the show were to include Pygmy Wolf Productions, Free Period Productions, Feigco Entertainment, and Lionsgate Television.[1][4] The show's production staff is said to feature a mix of both new employees and those who previously worked on McHale's prior show, The Soup.[3]

On May 11, 2018, it was reported that Netflix had ordered six additional episodes of the series. They were expected to be released simultaneously on July 15, 2018.[5] On August 17, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had canceled the series, reportedly due to low viewership.[6]

Marketing[edit]

On February 8, 2018, Netflix released the first official trailer for the series.[7]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
Part 1
1"Pickler, Pebbles, Pillows and Priestly"February 18, 2018 (2018-02-18)

Featured segments: Sports Segment, Joel's International Corner, and The Wonderful World of Weird Guys

Special guest stars: Kevin Hart, Jason Priestley, and Rory Scovel

Additional guest stars: Alison Brie, Michael Colter, Jim Rash, Paul Reiser, and Jodie Sweetin
2"Pizza Ghost"February 25, 2018 (2018-02-25)

Featured segments: Murder Shows, Joel's International Corner, and Joel's Weekly Dump

Special guest stars: Kristen Bell, Paul Feig, and David Oyelowo
3"Dangerous Games"March 4, 2018 (2018-03-04)

Featured segments: Sports Segment, Joel's International Corner, and Future Garbage

Special guest stars: Billy Eichner, Paul Feig, Tricia Helfer, and Matt Iseman
4"Roller Coaster?"March 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)

Featured segments: Shopping for Shut-ins, Joel's International Corner, and Joel's Weekly Dump

Special guest stars: Eric Bana, Eric McCormack, and Paul Feig
5"Coffee Is Delicious"March 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)

Featured segments: Joel's International Corner and Sports Segment

Special guest stars: Seth Green and Paul Feig
6"The Ignored Handshake"March 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)

Featured segments: Joel's International Corner, Go Fund Yourself, and The Last Clip Of The Entire Show That's Also Pretty Funny™

Special guest stars: Drew Barrymore, Adam DeVine, Paul Feig, and Timothy Olyphant
7"Thank You, Lasagna"April 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)

Featured segments: Joel’s International Corner, The Wonderful World of Weird Guys, Sports Segment, and The Last Clip Of The Entire Show That's Also Pretty Funny™

Special guest stars: Kate Flannery, Gabriel Iglesias, and Russell Wilson
8"Skip Joel"April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)

Featured segments: Joel's International Corner[8], Future Garbage, and The Last Clip Of The Entire Show That's Also Pretty Funny™

Special guest stars: Paul Feig, Galen Gering, Bill Nye, and Kevin Rahm
9"It's Working"April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)

Featured segments: Joel's International Corner and Sports Segment

Special guest stars: Nicole Byer, Paul Feig, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
10"Here Be Dragons"April 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)

Featured segments: Murder Shows, Joel's International Corner, and Joel's Weekly Dump

Special guest stars: Paul Feig and Joe Manganiello
11"...Not"April 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)

Featured segments: Things That Should Not Be, Sports Segment, and The Last Clip Of The Entire Show That's Also Pretty Funny™

Special guest stars: Susan Kelechi Watson and Bellamy Young
12"Bitterness and Disappointment"May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)

Featured segments: Joel's International Corner, Shopping for Shut-ins, and The Wonderful World of Weird Gals

Special guest stars: Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris
13"A Bacon of Hope"May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)

Featured segments: News Segment

Special guest stars: Jon Cryer, Elisha Cuthbert, Patrick Fabian, Christine Ko, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Dax Shepard, James van der Beek, and Jesse Williams
Part 2
14"Begin the Binge"July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)

Featured segments: Dumbasses, Sports Segment, and That Happened

Special guest stars: Paul Feig, Gillian Jacobs, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Hannah Zeile
15"Pink"July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)

Featured segments: The Wonderful World of Weird Guys, Fancy Talk Show: Talk Is Really, Really Cheap, Joel's International Corner, and 23andMaury

Special guest stars: Shaun Brown, Paul Feig, and Justin Hartley
16"Michael!"July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)

Featured segments: Murder Shows, Joe Manganiello's Crime Watch, Michael, Shopping for Shut-ins, and Joe Manganiello's Snack Watch

Special guest stars: Ice-T, Paul Feig, and Joe Manganiello
17"The Best Damn Country in America"July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)

Featured segments: Joel's International Corner, Joel's National Korner, News Segment, and That Happened

Special guest stars: Paul Feig, Ray Liotta, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
18"Need Another Drink?"July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)

Featured segments: Those Little Fuck-Ups, Lou Diamond Phillips' garagefullofmoviesandshit, and Joel's International Corner

Special guest stars: Lou Diamond Phillips and Markiplier
19"We Spent All the Money"July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)

Featured segments: Things That Should Not Be

Special guest stars: Jack Black, Eli Braden, and Paul Feig

Reception[edit]

Official poster.

The series has been met with a generally positive response from critics since it premiered. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 80% approval rating with an average rating of 7 out of 10 based on 5 reviews.[9]

Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club praised the premiere giving it a B+ and commenting, "In his enjoyable return, the ever-present green screen nimbus surrounding McHale as he roasts the already-overheated dregs of exceedingly expendable TV seems to wink right along with the host’s undeniable charm, making McHale’s sarcastic skewering as amiably fun as ever."[10] Also complimentary was Mark Dolan of Common Sense Media who gave the series three out of five stars and said, "McHale’s innate likability makes him seem more like a bemused everyman as opposed to a smug, mean-spirited jerk (see Daniel Tosh) or an aloof know-it-all (see Dennis Miller). There's a lot more competition in this arena these days then when The Soup premiered, meaning McHale and his writers will need to work harder to bring big laughs if The Joel McHale Show is going to stand out among all the other media-mocking shows currently populating YouTube, podcasts, and late night TV."[11] In a more negative review, Sonya Saraiya of Variety commented, "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale, like The Soup, is such a lazy cocktail party of a show — unerringly brilliant, but usually graceless — that it seems dated in 2018...What distinguishes it is the snarky, superficial brand of postmodern commentary about reality show narratives and foreign soap operas’ recurring tropes, and it’s rewarding to see that again. But again and again, McHale reminds you that all the comedy the writing staff has to offer about these clips is barely elevated vulgarity. Almost every clip would be funnier if McHale just said nothing after airing it." Ken Tucker of Yahoo! was similarly negative saying, "McHale, for all his smirking, remains a smart, likable guy. It's just that he's outgrown this format."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Moraes, Lisa de (January 19, 2018). "Joel McHale Unveils Topical Weekly Show For Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 18, 2018). "Joel McHale On Moving to Netflix After 'The Soup' and Being Asked to 'Lay Off' the Kardashians". Variety. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Louie, Philip (February 12, 2018). "Joel McHale gets topical with new weekly Netflix talk show". AOL. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 19, 2018). "Joel McHale to Host Weekly Netflix Unscripted Series". Variety. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Haring, Bruce (May 11, 2018). "'The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale': Netflix Picks Up Six More Episodes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 17, 2018). "'The Break With Michelle Wolf' & 'The Joel McHale Show' Canceled By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Andrew, Stephen (February 8, 2018). "Joel McHale Announces Mini 'Community' Reunion for Netflix Series Premiere: See the Trailer". PopCulture.TV. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ The on-screen name is Penis's International Corner due to a gimmick revolving around Bill Nye travelling back in time to alter McHale's name. The rest of the episode replaces McHale's name with Penis, including the end credit song.
  9. ^ "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Perkins, Dennis (February 18, 2018). "Netflix's The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale brings back just the right vehicle—for Joel McHale". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Dolan, Mark (February 20, 2018). "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale - TV Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Tucker, Ken (February 19, 2018). "Joel McHale's new Netflix show is cold 'Soup'". Yahoo!. Retrieved February 21, 2018.

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