Anyone who’s ever participated in a press junket knows that the events attract a motley collection of bottom feeders ripe for send-up, so it’s a wonder that it’s taken so long for someone to come up with a show like “Junketeers,” a new multi-platform online series from Comedy Central and Lexus-owned digital content channel L/Studio.
Created and produced by longtime MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz and entertainment reporter Ben Lyons, in partnership with Kids at Play, the series follows a group of celebrity news correspondents (played by Brian Unger, Barak Hardley, Austin Lyon, Phil Augusta Jackson and Amanda Lund) as they the junket circuit and interview celebrities, including Josh Duhamel, Kristen Bell, Gillian Jacobs, Chloe Grace Moretz, Eli Roth, Emily Ratajkowski, Tom Felton and Matt Bomer.
Jason Berger and Amy Laslett of Kids at Play and Lisa Eisenpresser of FullCourtPress are executive producers alongside Horowitz and Lyons. Horowitz and Amanda Lund wrote the series, and Kimmy Gatewood directed all episodes.
“Josh and I have collectively spent over 20 years working as on-air hosts in the world of Entertainment ‘news,’ and a combined 1 million hours waiting in fancy hotels around the world for celebrities,” said Lyons in a statement.
“This is a love letter to our profession, if a love letter was filled with backstabbing, profanity, violence, and generally poor decision making and value systems,” added Horowitz. “In all seriousness, Ben and I couldn’t ask for more supportive creative partners than Kids at Play, Comedy Central, and L/Studio. They’ve [perhaps foolishly] given us exceptional creative freedom and we’re truly thankful.”