Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TBS has ordered a pilot for an American version of the long-running BBC panel show Have I Got News For You. The comedy cable channel just shot the pilot with comedian Sam Seder hosting and comedians Sherrod Small and Michael Ian Black as team captains. Produced by Hat Trick Prods, the original series is a primetime staple in the UK, where it has been on the air for 22 years, first on BBC Two and now on flagship BBC One. The show features a guest host (watch a clip with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as host below), and Ian Hislop and Paul Merton as captains of two two-person teams. Their guest team members are most often comedians, celebrities, writers or broadcasters. The panelist take a satiric look at news, current events and tabloid headlines and go through game challenges. Have I Got News For You is loosely based on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz and is reminiscent of fellow US radio show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me on NPR.

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