ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its first season on 9/15/14; has yet to be renewed for a second season
DESCRIPTION: (from Sundance Channel's press release, July 2014) SundanceTV announced today that its newest original non-fiction series, "The Approval Matrix" will premiere Monday, August 11th at 11pm ET/PT. Inspired by the celebrated pop culture roundup feature of the same name in the award-winning New York Magazine, the six episode talk show will be hosted by comedian Neal Brennan ("Chappelle's Show," "Inside Amy Schumer," "The Mindy Project") and executive produced by Rory Albanese ("The Daily Show") and Ish Entertainment's Michael Hirschorn ("Best Week Ever") and Wendy Roth ("Fix My Family") . Each half hour episode is uniquely designed for those both impatient with and fascinated by the pop culture cacophony all around us. Each week, Brennan and a rotating panel of celebrity guests will sort through, debate about, and tally up what's on everyone's radar. From the highbrow and the lowbrow to what's brilliant vs. despicable, no topic or commentary is off limits. The series will feature sketches and field pieces as well as one-on-one interviews between Neal and writer and producer Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), television host Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") and comedian Chris Rock ("Eat, Drink, Laugh").