Palestinian-American comedian Mo Amer (“Mo,” “Ramy,” “Black Adam”) will host the next season of the television debate series Doha Debates.
The series is an entertaining, educational tool funded by the non-profit Qatar Foundation.
Filmed in front of a live studio audience in Qatar’s Education City, each episode of the Doha Debates Show will feature a monologue by Amer followed by discussions on current events and global issues with celebrity and expert guests.
To produce the new season, Doha Debates joined Film 45 for the fifth season, with Emmy-winning “Oprah Winfrey Show” producer Katie Davis serving as Doha Debates showrunner and executive producer.
Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
“Mo,” which will return to Netflix for a second season, is considered a cultural milestone with its narrative centering on his experiences as a Palestinian refugee in Texas. In addition to being popular in the United States, the show has a large audience in the Arab world, where “Mo” was recently named one of the American Film Institute’s 10 Best Television Programs of 2022.
Amer’s parents were displaced from Palestine to Kuwait, where he was born, before the entire family fled to Texas during the Gulf War. In December, he hosted a masterclass at the Red Sea Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Doha Debates production team is currently negotiating distribution of the series on various platforms, according to a statement.
“The Doha debate proves that people with different perspectives can have intelligent debates and work to find consensus on the biggest issues we face today,” Amer said in the statement. “I’m honored to serve as the host of such an influential show and hope to bring some humor to the issues of change.”
“Doha Debates is honored to work with Mo and an exceptional production team as we continue to address the world’s most pressing challenges through engaging content and lively debate,” said Amjad Atallah, Managing Director of Doha Debates.
“Mo’s unique ability to connect authentically and honestly with people from all walks of life will enable us to reach new audiences around the world. We are especially pleased to host the series at Qatar Foundation’s Education City, a global center for learning and solution-focused dialogue,” he added.