Chris Gethard’s ‘Beautiful/Anonymous’ Podcast to Be Adapted for Topic

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Chris Gethard’s podcast “Beautiful/Anonymous” is getting the streaming treatment.

Topic, the streaming service from First Look Media, has ordered a four-part series based on the podcast with Gethard set to host. The announcement came during Gethard’s appearance on Topic’s panel “Comedy, Coping & Change: Finding Hope in Humor,” which is part of TheWrap’s Emmy Season Screening Series.

Each episode of the series will see Chris Gethard take the call of one random stranger. The caller may hang up at any time, but Gethard is obligated to speak to them for up to one hour. Topic describes the series as a “raw, unplanned exchange between a civilian and a master of conversation.”

Past podcast episodes have included a survivor of the Las Vegas mass shooting who turned tragedy into positive action, a mother calling from a children’s hospital awaiting the results of her 10-year-old daughter’s cancer scan, a young woman who decided to embark on a year of “sexploration” only to quickly find herself in an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous encounter that she was able to escape from, and a young woman who not only came out to her family but got her Trump-supporting neighbor to help her hang a Pride flag out her front door.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with Topic on this series adaptation of my podcast,” Chris Gethard said in a statement. “I’m lucky my job has been to connect with strangers all over the world and I can’t wait to do it in this new format. We’ll have the same intense, intimate conversations but now you’ll be able to see the actual confusion in my eyes.”

Ryan Chanatry, general manager of Topic, added, “Chris has a special talent for getting people to open up, and the resulting conversations are powerful, uplifting, and often very funny. As long-time fans of the podcast, we’re very excited to bring these stories, and Chris’ friendly and sincere conversation-style, to Topic.”

Line By Line Productions will produce the series, with Frank Garritano serving as co-executive producer and Debbie DeMontreux as executive producer for Topic. Production on the series is scheduled to begin this summer.

Summer TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos)

  • Summer is here and with everyone staying at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re imagining your plans for this July and August have more to do with TV listings than they did in years past. Luckily, dozens of new and returning shows are premiering this summer, even though there are fewer than usual, due to pandemic-forced production shutdowns. But the list still includes some big titles like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Umbrella Academy,” plus original shows for new streaming services HBO Max and Peacock. Click through TheWrap’s gallery to see which series will be premiering this summer and when.

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  • Series:  “Perry Mason”   Net: HBO    Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21    Time: 9 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series: “Yellowstone”    Net: Paramount Network    Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21    Time: 9 p.m.

    Paramount Network

  • Series: “NOS4A2”    Net: AMC/BBC America    Premiere Date: Sunday, June 21   Time: 10 p.m.

    AMC

  • Series:  “B90 Strikes Back!”    Net:  TLC     Premiere Date:  Monday, June 22      Time: 8 p.m.

    TLC

  • Series:  “Greenleaf”   Net: OWN    Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 23    Time: 9 p.m.

    OWN

  • Series:  “Celebrity Show-Off”    Net:  TBS   Premiere Date:  Tuesday, June 23    Time: 10 p.m.

    TBS

  • Series:  “Doom Patrol”    Net: HBO Max/DC Universe    Premiere Date: Thursday, June 25    

    DC Universe/HBO Max

  • Series:  “Search Party”    Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date: Thursday, June 25  

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “The Twilight Zone”    Net: CBS All Access    Premiere Date: Thursday, June 25   

    CBS All Access

  • Series:  “Dark”     Net:   Netflix    Premiere Date:  Saturday, June 27     

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Black Monday”   Net: Showtime    Premiere Date:   Sunday, June 28  Time: 8 p.m.

    Showtime

  • Series:  “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”    Net: HBO    Premiere Date:  Sunday, June 28   Time: 10 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “Unsolved Mysteries”    Net: Netflix     Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 1     

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Marriage Boot Camp”    Net: We TV    Premiere Date: Thursday, July 2    Time: 9 p.m.

     

    We TV

  • Series:  “Carl Weber’s The Family Business”    Net:  BET+        Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 2        Time: 9 p.m.

    BET+

  • Series:  “The Baby-Sitters Club”    Net: Netflix    Premiere Date: Friday, July 3    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Hanna”    Net: Amazon Prime Video    Premiere Date:  Friday, July 3  

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Outcry”    Net: Showtime    Premiere Date: Sunday, July 5     Time: 10 p.m.

     

    Showtime

  • Series:  “Stateless”      Net:  Netflix       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 8     

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Tough as Nails”    Net: CBS    Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 8     Time: 9 p.m.

    CBS

  • Series:  “Close Enough”    Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 9    

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Expecting Amy”   Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 9     

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Cannonball”    Net:  USA        Premiere Date:   Thursday, July 9       Time: 8 p.m.

    USA

  • Series:  “Chrisley Knows Best”    Net:  USA     Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 9        Time: 9 p.m.

    USA

  • Series:  “Greatness Code”    Net: Apple TV+    Premiere Date:    Friday, July 10   

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “Little Voice”    Net: Apple TV+    Premiere Date:    Friday, July 10    

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “P-Valley”    Net: Starz    Premiere Date: Sunday, July 12     Time: 9 p.m.

    Starz

  • Series:  “Brave New World”    Net: Peacock    Premiere Date:     Wednesday, July 15   

    Peacock

  • Series:  “The Capture”    Net: Peacock    Premiere Date:   Wednesday, July 15   

    Peacock

  • Series:  “In Deep With Ryan Lochte”    Net: Peacock     Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 15    Time: N/A

    Peacock

  • Series:  “Intelligence”    Net: Peacock    Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 15  

     

    Peacock

  • Series:  “Married at First Sight”    Net:  Lifetime       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 15         Time:  8 p.m.

    Lifetime

  • Series:  “United We Fall”    Net:  ABC        Premiere Date:  Wednesday, July 15        Time: 8 p.m.

    ABC

  • Series:  “The House of Ho”  Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:   Thursday, July 16  

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Killer Camp”    Net:   The CW       Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 16        Time:  8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Absentia”    Net:  Amazon Prime Video        Premiere Date:  Friday, July 17     

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “The Alienist: Angel of Darkness”    Net:  TNT     Premiere Date: Sunday, July 19    Time: 9 p.m.

    TNT

  • Series:  “Room 104”     Net: HBO     Premiere Date:     Friday, July 24    Time: 11 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:  “Last Chance U”    Net:   Netflix       Premiere Date:  Tuesday, July 28    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “The Dog House”   Net: HBO Max     Premiere Date: Thursday, July 30    

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy”    Net:   Netflix       Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 30      

    Netflix

  • Series:   “The Frayed”   Net: HBO Max    Premiere Date:  Thursday, July 30   

    HBO Max

  • Series:  “Muppets Now”     Net: Disney+     Premiere Date: Friday, July 31     

    Disney+

  • Series:  “The Umbrella Academy”     Net: Netflix     Premiere Date: Friday, July 31  

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Real Housewives of Potomac”    Net: Bravo         Premiere Date:  Sunday, Aug. 2        Time: 8 p.m.

    Bravo

  • Series:  “Taskmaster”    Net: The CW         Premiere Date:  Sunday, Aug. 2        Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Fridge Wars”    Net:  The CW        Premiere Date:   Sunday, Aug. 2       Time: 9 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “The Fugitive”    Net: Quibi         Premiere Date: Monday, Aug. 3      

    Quibi

  • Series:  “Coroner”    Net:  The CW       Premiere Date:  Wednesday, Aug. 5        Time: 9 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Selling Sunset”    Net:  Netflix    Premiere Date: Friday, Aug. 7    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Mapleworth Murders”    Net:  Quibi        Premiere Date:  Monday, Aug. 10     

    Quibi

  • Series:  “Hard Knocks”    Net: HBO         Premiere Date: Tuesday, Aug. 11         Time: 10 p.m.

    HBO

  • Series:   “Ted Lasso”     Net:   Apple TV+      Premiere Date: Friday, Aug. 14      

    Apple TV+

  • Series:  “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji”    Net: Amazon Prime Video         Premiere Date:  Friday, Aug. 14      

    Amazon Prime Video

  • Series:  “Dead Pixels”    Net: The CW       Premiere Date:  Tuesday, Aug. 18        Time: 8 p.m.

    The CW

  • Series:  “Lucifer”    Net:  Netflix        Premiere Date:  Friday, Aug. 21    

    Netflix

  • Series:  “Love Fraud”     Net: Showtime     Premiere Date: Sunday, Aug. 30   Time: 9 p.m.

    Showtime

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Here’s when 58 broadcast, cable and streaming series debut and come back

Summer is here and with everyone staying at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re imagining your plans for this July and August have more to do with TV listings than they did in years past. Luckily, dozens of new and returning shows are premiering this summer, even though there are fewer than usual, due to pandemic-forced production shutdowns. But the list still includes some big titles like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Umbrella Academy,” plus original shows for new streaming services HBO Max and Peacock. Click through TheWrap’s gallery to see which series will be premiering this summer and when.