Soup’s On

(Above: Joel McHale. Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Joel McHale is returning to what he does best – skewering the world of reality shows, pop culture and politics. And Everything Sucks!

The Joe McHale Show with Joel McHale

McHale, the comedian and actor, who hosted The Soup on E! from 2004 to 2015, will launch the first season of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale on Netflix this Sunday, February 18.

The 13 half-hours promise “a fast and funny distillation of everything people are talking about that week.” The show will offer “celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and insane video clips from the worldwide realms of TV, sports, politics, celebrity culture, and every corner of the internet.”

New episodes will bow every Sunday on Netflix.

The world of American culture and politics has changed dramatically since McHale last helmed The Soup. Will his new show be markedly different from the typical cable news broadcast?

To find out, visit Netflix.

Everything Sucks!

That’s the title of a new half-hour dramedy, also debuting Sunday on Netflix.

The show, which launches with a 10-episode season, is described as “a quirky, funny coming of age story that follows two groups of high school misfits,” centering on a conflict between the A/V and drama clubs in 1996 Boring, Oregon.

“Some of our favorite shows of all time — The Wonder Years, Happy Days, That 70s Show, Freaks and Geeks — looked back at bygone eras with 20 years of hindsight,” said creators Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan when the series was first announced last June. “We think this is a great time to take a look back at high school and relive the fashion, music, and attitudes of the mid-’90’s the way we remember it.”

The “two crews of nerdy-edgy outsiders,” eventually “join forces to make a movie and endure the purgatory known,” in this case, as Boring High School.”

The series stars American Fable’s Peyton Kennedy and The New Edition Story’s Jahi Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The cast also includes The Path’s Patch Darragh as Kate’s father and Claudine Nako as Luke’s mother.

For more, visit Netflix.

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