August 16, 2021
The Discovery+ subscription streaming service Aug. 16 said it has ordered two 75-minute documentary-style specials following Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett during the North American tour for their hit podcast “SmartLess.”
The untitled docuseries, coming to Discovery+ in 2022, will feature highlights from their celebrity interviews during the tour, as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes access throughout the six-city tour that takes place in February.
“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. “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.”
The Discovery+ deal for “SmartLess” was put together by Aleen Keshishian of Lighthouse Management & Media. “SmartLess” is a podcast that connects people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences. It has been named one of the Best Shows of 2020 by Apple and consistently ranks among the Top 5 Comedy Shows and Top 10 on overall shows on iTunes. As of Aug. 1, new episodes will be released exclusively for one week on Amazon Music and Wondery+ before they are widely available on all other platforms.
“SmartLess” podcast guests have included Vice President Kamala Harris, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Ricky Gervais, Bryan Cranston, Paul McCartney, Tina Fey, Awkwafina, W. Kamau Bell, Stacey Abrams, Billie Eilish and Megan Rapinoe.