Comedian Aasif Mandvi is set to host and executive produce Would I Lie to You, an alternative series for The CW, the network announced on Thursday (Dec. 9).
Emmy-nominated actor Matt Walsh (Veep) and comedian Sabrina Jalees (Carol’s Second Act) will join the series, leading opposing pairs of celebrity guests who must determine what’s fact and what’s fiction from a comedy panel. Walsh and Jalees’ competing teams will ask questions of the comedy panel and watch body language to determine what is true and what is fabricated.
The series is a U.S. adaptation of the hit British comedy panel series from Banijay label Zeppotron which has been on the air in the UK since 2007. Celebrity guests on the series will include Brooke Shields (Jane the Virgin), Amber Ruffin (The Amber Ruffin Show), Laura Benanti (Gossip Girl), Chris Gethard (Space Force), Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, and more.
Truly Original is producing Would I Lie to You? in association with King Size Productions, CBS Studios and Fat Mama Productions. Executive producers on the series include Mandvi, Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, ,Robert King, Michelle King, Liz Glotzer, Michelle Schiefen and Jim Biederman, who also serves as the series’ showrunner.
“As a person of Indian descent, I couldn’t be happier to finally steal something from the British,” Mandvi said in a news release. “As a performer I couldn’t be happier to partner with Robert and Michelle King, Truly Original and the whole creative team to every week host a half hour of pure silliness and joy.”
Mandvi is a Peabody Award-winning actor, writer, comedian, author and producer who currently stars in the TV series Evil and This Way Up, and previously appeared as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
A premiere date has yet to be announced.