Comedians D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black have signed on to host the TBS original series from Mark Burnett’s One Three Media and London-based Monkey. Trust Me, I’m A Game Show Host has a bit of a twist in which the two hosts duel to deceive contestants. “This is a game show where a host is legitimately trying to convince a contestant to choose the wrong answer,” said Burnett. “D.L. and Michael’s comedic styles are perfect for pulling this off”. Hughley and Black will each present the single contestant with a bizarre and seemingly implausible fact, one of which is true, the other of which is not. The contestant must then choose the true fact to be rewarded in the game. The players who prove themselves to be super-human lie detectors will go home with a cash prize. Burnett and Monkey founders Will MacDonald and David Granger serve as executive producers. Trust Me, I’m A Game Show Host is slated to premiere in late 2013.
Hughley hosted his own late-night talk shows for CNN and Comedy Central. As an actor, he has starred in the sitcom The Hughleys, which he also produced, and the Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. Black co-created the Comedy Central television series Viva Variety after a successful run on MTV. He went on to land the role of Phil Stubbs, the quirky bowling alley manager on NBC’s Ed. He also co-created the Comedy Central series Stella and Michael & Michael Have Issues with Michael Showalter and David Wein. His other credits include roles on series Reaper, Backwash and Burning Love.
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