NUVOtv revealed its boldest Upfronts presentation yet today, hot off the acquisition of the FUSE cable channel, with Jennifer Lopez coming to the podium on Monday to announce a programming slate that includes new comedy series and a deal that’ll present several stand-up comedy specials on its cable channel over the coming year.
NUVOtv brands itself as “the premier English-language destination for Latino entertainment.” JLo joined NUVOtv this past year as its Chief Creative Officer, and serves as an executive producer or co-EP on various programming initiatives.
“As NUVOtv evolves we are striving to create content with themes and stories that are unique to our audience,” Lopez said in the network’s announcement today. “I’m looking forward to showing our growth and development from last year by presenting our new slate of original programming.”
For comedy fans, that growth includes a renewal of weekly series, The Collective, Powered by VEVO (returning in the fourth quarter of 2014). Among the correspondents: comedian and comedy writer Grace Parra.
There also will be a fourth season of Stand Up & Deliver (first quarter 2015), returning to Mexico to help play host to the Cabo Comedy Festival in October. Jose Sarduy and Julissa Bermudez host the stand-up comedy showcases.
And last but not least, NUVOtv has partnered with Levity Entertainment Group (owner of the Improv and Levity Live comedy clubs) to present several hourlong stand-up specials, starting this June. Among the names already announced who’ll broadcast stand-up hours on NUVOtv: Rick Gutierrez, Pablo Francisco, Pete Correale, Jim Breuer, Alonzo Bodden, Sebastian Maniscalco and Jamie Kennedy.