TV: LATE NIGHT REBUPLIC

  • Jake interviewing Sebastian Blanck on Late Night Republic set
    Jake interviewing Sebastian Blanck on Late Night Republic set
  • Jake's road team on his 40-city 60-day LNR Road Trip
    Jake's road team on his 40-city 60-day LNR Road Trip
  • Jake with Tre Williams and the Revelations at Jake's Aloft Concert Series
    Jake with Tre Williams and the Revelations at Jake's Aloft Concert Series
  • Jake visits Avenue Q on Broadway
    Jake visits Avenue Q on Broadway
  • Jake and the first five Chicagoans to show up for the cardboard tube battle. 7500 people would show up to "defend" the Republic on our 45 city road trip.
    Jake and the first five Chicagoans to show up for the cardboard tube battle. 7500 people would show up to "defend" the Republic on our 45 city road trip.
  • Jake with executives from Grey Advertising on set of photoshoot for P&G
    Jake with executives from Grey Advertising on set of photoshoot for P&G

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Late Night Republic starring Jake Sasseville was a late-night talk show which was syndicated from 2009-2011 on Fox, CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates. It featured off-beat interviews by Sasseville, guest suggestions from members of the “Republic” (its audience) and other user-generated content. The aim of the show was to make late-night more democratic and less “New York” based. The show was Jake’s second foray into late night, and shifted away from Sasseville as host and more about the people being interviewed. Raunchy sex scenes with the puppets of the broadway show Avenue Q, an interview with a Rabbi about the misunderstandings of Judaism and a going-away party for the penis of Jake’s former co-host, James, who had recently decided to become a woman (Kiara), Late Night Republicpushed boundaries and raised eyebrows. 
Most notably, the show featured musicians as part of it’s “Aloft Concert Series” including Andy Grammer, Black Taxi and The Revelations featuring Tre Williams, all of whom have gone on to make their own marks in music. Station managers across the country regularly commented on how impressed they were that Late Night Republic was able to compete with strong ratings in late night, despite having no marketing budget. It’s success is attributed to a strong ground-campaign that was initiated by a 45 city tour with events being held in almost every market the show aired. Late Night Republic was executive produced by Jake Sasseville, Travis GranfarJeff Eisenberg (ABC, WE) and Dave Steck. The show was produced by Shannon Leigh (Hearst, BBC, Disney).

• November 18, 2015

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