The show was originally going to be a daily show titled "Gone Hollywood" and hosted by Greg Giraldo with David Spade as executive producer. After the pilot was completed, Comedy Central approached Spade to host the show as well as produce. Spade agreed to host if the show was changed to a weekly show.

A similar pilot titled "The Hollywood Show" with Brian Unger was produced by Comedy Central simultaneously with this show's pilot. When it was not picked up, "The Hollywood Show" became the new title for this show. Spade suggested "The Showbiz Show".