Larry Wilmore bid farewell to The Nightly Show and Comedy Central back in August, ending a run that started as a Daily Show correspondent before earning a chance to replace Stephen Colbert as he jetted over to network television. Some folks probably didn’t watch the show much before the cancellation, which is one of the sad parts about it being canceled. It wasn’t always the best, but there was a lot of good there after watching on a pretty regular basis.
Luckily, Wilmore’s next step is a return to the realm of scripted television — something he’s familiar with and with a few big shows under his belt. He just signed a deal with ABC according to The Hollywood Reporter, developing his own projects and working behind the scenes with ABC Studios to cultivate new talent:
The deal brings Wilmore back to ABC Studios, where he executive produces the studio’s ABC hit Black-ish. Wilmore originally was set to serve as showrunner on Black-ish, which he developed alongside creator Kenya Barris. He exited the ABC family comedy to host Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show. In addition to Black-ish, Wilmore also co-created and exec produces HBO’s Issa Rae critical darling Insecure, which was recently renewed for a second season at the premium cable network.
“I’m excited beyond words to be back at ABC and look forward to this creative partnership. Disney took a chance on me as a young writer years ago and so I’m thrilled to return to the Mouse House. I hope my room still looks the same,” Wilmore said Monday in a statement.
In addition to Black-ish and Insecure, Wilmore’s credits include Fox comedies The Bernie Mac Show and The P.J.’s.