87th Annual Academy Awards - Backstage And AudienceFox is moving back into the sketch comedy genre with a new series conceived by comedy troupe The Lonely Island and actor Paul Scheer.

The show, "Party Over Here," will air on Saturday nights at 11 p.m., and be produced by the Lonely Island trio -- Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone -- and Scheer. The four comedians won't star on the program, but Scheer (who currently stars on ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat") will direct.

Instead, "Party Over Here" is led by an all-female cast, including Nicole Byer ("Girl Code"), Jessica McKenna (an alum of comedy troupes the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade), and Alison Rich (a former "Saturday Night Live" writer). It's Fox's first foray into late-night sketch comedy since "MadTV" went off the air in 2009, after a 14-season run.

"When we first conceived this idea, we thought of it as a spinoff of 'Empire,'" said Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone in a statement. "We failed miserably ... now it's much more of a sketch comedy show."

"In an age where most millennials don't even know what a TV is, we are really excited to be getting into the TV business," Scheer said in another statement.

Though "Party Over Here" is airing on Saturday nights, it's not expected to compete directly with that other famous weekend sketch show, "Saturday Night Live." Fox's series is a 30-minute affair, which will wrap by the time "SNL" starts at 11:30.

"Party Over Here" debuts on March 12.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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