EXCLUSIVE: Joel McHale, star of the NBC comedy series Community and host of E!’s The Soup, has signed with WME for film and television. He will stay with Gersh, where he had been represented, for personal appearances, including his standup comedy gigs. McHale’s NBC series, Community, now in its second season, anchors NBC’s Thursday comedy lineup at 8 PM. And I hear McHale has just signed a new 2-year deal with E! to continue as the host of The Soup, a pop culture satiric news magazine which has run for 7 seasons and recently marked its 300th episode. McHale, who will continue to be manged by Jon and James Dolin, co-executive produces The Soup and is looking to expand further into producing. He has three movies coming out next year, What’s Your Number, The Big Year and Spy Kids 4, and is set to host the Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 26.
It’s interesting that he kept the hosting gig on The Soup. I’m sure it’s a good job. But that original version of that show died for a reason… it’s only as good as the host. I’m guess he’s staying at The Soup to continue to expand his appeal. The E! show gives him a pretty good foothold in the young adult-adult skewing female demographic. He’s been on network TV for a year and a half at this point on a show that skews younger. And judging by the names of his upcoming movies, they’re mass appeal vehicles. It looks like Joel McHale has a big time five-year (two-year?) plan. I have a feeling he’ll upgrade to a network hosting job (or network host in-waiting?) in the near future.