Drew Barrymore, Jane Fonda and Michael Keaton are among the first guests on "Norm Macdonald Has a Show," which premieres Sept. 14 on Netflix. All 10 episodes of the show's first season will be available on that date. Other guests on the show are David Letterman (who also has a Netflix talk show), Judge Judy Sheindlin, Chevy Chase, M. Night Shyamalan, David Spade, Billy Joe Shaver and Lorne Michaels, who is Norm Macdonald's former boss at "Saturday Night Live."
Since leaving "Saturday Night Live" in 1998, Macdonald has continued to do stand-up comedy and guest appearances on shows. "Norm Macdonald Has a Show" is the first starring role in a TV series since he hosted the short-lived Comedy Central series "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald" in 2011.
Macdonald was one of the numerous entertainers who publicly campaigned to host "The Late, Late Show" after Craig Ferguson left, but the job ended up going to James Corden. Macdonald first began working with Netflix for his 2017 stand-up comedy special "Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery," which got mostly positive reviews.
Macdonald and Lori Jo Hoekstra are co-showrunners and executive producers of Macdonald's Netflix talk show. The other executive producers are K.P. Anderson and Daniel Kellison, while Letterman serves as special counsel. Adam Eget is Macdonald's sidekick on the show.
Netflix has had some major critically acclaimed shows over the years, but the streaming service has faced challenges in getting a big hit talk show. Due to low viewership, Netflix canceled talk Chelsea Handler's talk show in 2017, while Netflix talk shows hosted by Joel McHale and Michelle Wolf were canceled in 2018 after just one season. Jerry Seinfeld, who used to be an Emmy Awards darling, didn't get any Emmy nominations this year for his Netflix content, including his talk show "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." However, Letterman's Netflix talk show "This Guest Needs No Introduction" did pick up an Emmy nod for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
The trailer for "Norm Macdonald Has a Show" reveals that it follows a familiar late-night TV format of the host sitting at a desk while interviewing guests. However, the always-outspoken Macdonald has more freedom to have edgy comedy on Netflix than he would on a broadcast TV network, so he won't have to censor himself too much as he would if he had ended up hosting "The Late, Late Show."