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Freeform Sets Late Night Series

Freeform will jump into the late-night waters in May with a weekly series starring comedian Iliza Shlesinger.

 The series, Truth & Iliza, will debut May 2 and feature Shlesinger as she focuses each episode around a themed question which she will seek to answer using audience interaction, field pieces, commentary and jokes, said network officials.

Executive producers for Truth & Iliza include Shlesinger, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, David Martin, Kara Baker and Kim Gamble, said the network.  

 “At Freeform, we are committed to introducing culturally important narratives and voices to our viewers,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president, Programming and Development, Freeform. “Iliza is one of those voices and we can’t wait to bring her fearless, yet brilliantly funny social commentary and wit to our audience.”

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.