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Discovery+ orders “SmartLess” docuseries about podcast’s North American tour

Discovery has ordered a pair of documentary-style specials that will follow actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett during the North American tour for their podcast SmartLess. The untitled series, ...
August 17, 2021

Discovery has ordered a pair of documentary-style specials that will follow actors Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett during the North American tour for their podcast SmartLess.

The untitled series, which includes two 75-minute specials, will air on Discovery+ in 2022 and feature highlights from celebrity interviews conducted during the trio’s six-city tour, along with behind-the-scenes access.

The three actors launched SmartLess in 2020. The weekly podcast series features celebrity interviews with the guest being a surprise to two of the three hosts each episode. The podcast was named of the best shows of 2020 by Apple, and is consistently ranked in the top 5 comedy series and top 10 overall series on iTunes.

Past guests on the podcast have included George Clooney, Adam Sandler, Ricky Gervais, W. Kamau Bell, Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Megan Rapinoe, Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams.

“Jason, Sean and Will are three absolute legends who have accomplished so much in this industry — from comedy to drama, on the stage and to our screens,” said Lisa Holme, group SVP of content and commercial strategy for Discovery, Inc., in a release. “As they are now conquering the world of podcasts, we’re excited to show an entirely new side of them in this docuseries, where we will have incredible access to all the behind-the-scenes moments from what is sure to be an insightful and hilarious tour.”

Aleen Keshishian of Lighthouse Management & Media put together the Discovery+ deal for the docuseries.

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