Samantha Mukhi’s ‘Full Frontal’ was canceled in the latest late-night cutback.

Reviews and recommendations are unbiased and products are independently selected. Postmedia may earn an affiliate commission from purchases made through links on this page.

Essay content

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” is getting a kick in the rear from Warner Bros. Discovery.

The show, which became a signature program for major cable network TBS, “will not be returning to the network in the fall,” according to a statement from Bee’s representatives.

“As we continue to shape our new programming strategy, we’ve made some difficult, business-driven decisions,” TBS said in a statement. “We are proud to be the home of ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ and thank Sam, and the rest of the Emmy-nominated team for their groundbreaking work. We celebrate this extraordinarily talented cast and crew and Looking forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them in the future.

Advertisement 2

Essay content

Over the course of seven seasons, Bee’s “Full Frontal” brought an aggressive and melodramatic voice to the late-night TV arena, and was one of the few programs led by a female perspective. Bee, who rose to fame as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” under host Jon Stewart, gained attention with outrageous humor. His monologues typically gravitated to the genial cable network’s heavy dose of profanity and tackled political issues that were often polarizing. In 2018, the show became part of the news cycle after Bee used a charged epithet referring to a part of the female anatomy to insult President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka. Advertisers temporarily withdrew commercial support.

“We do a show to entertain ourselves,” Bee told Variety during a 2016 interview. “It gives us the opportunity to say the things we want in exactly the way we want to say them.” In the process, its viewers get some laughs, but they can also vent their frustrations with modern politics and culture. When Bee watches TV, she says, “I like a strong hand to take me somewhere. I think that’s what we do with the show – provide a strong hand. You might like that.” Don’t follow where it takes you, and that’s okay too.” She hopes viewers “walk away with the comedy first, and then the catharsis afterward.”

Advertisement 3

Essay content

His program came to an end as TV continued to curtail its antics late into the night. WarnerMedia decided to end its late-night “Conan” program with Conan O’Brien on TBS last June. NBC and late-night host Lily Singh, a digital entertainment influencer who launched a new morning show on the network, decided to part ways last year. Comedy Central, which once boasted three different late-night shows, now regularly has just one, “The Daily Show,” on weeknights. Showtime’s “Desus & Mero,” a weekly comedy showcase, is not returning to Showtime thanks to a fallout between its hosts. And CBS is considering a cheaper alternative to replace James Corden when he leaves “The Late Late Show” in early 2023.

Advertisement 4

Essay content

We’re sorry, but this video failed to load.

Warner Bros. Discovery is cutting its content costs for major cable networks like TBS and TNT. Sure, the outlets continue to show movies and have added more sports nights, thanks to a recent rights deal between Warner Bros. Discovery and the NHL. But TBS has been cutting back on scripted series, axing shows like “Chad” and “The Last OG” in recent weeks. Brett Weitz, general manager of TBS, TNT and TruTV, left the company in May after consolidating the cable networks under the leadership of Warner Bros. Discovery executive Kathleen Finch. Weitz has been a strong proponent of “full frontal”.

“Full Frontal” introduced a new parade of weekly late-night comedy shows aimed at smaller niches rather than wider audiences. Once Bee’s program gained traction, BET tried a similar showcase for Robin Thede — produced by the same company behind Bee. Comedy Central is trying a weekly program headed by Charlamaine the God.

Bee often surprises viewers by traveling to far-flung locations, interviewing interesting analysts, and giving time to new voices like Elana Harkin, Amy Hoggart, Mike Robbins and Ashley Nicole Black. One of its funniest parts centers on trying to get a costume for NRA mascot Eddie the Eagle — and finding it more difficult than buying a firearm. “Full Frontal” was recently nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.

Advertisement 1

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourages all readers to express their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour to be moderated before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We’ve enabled email notifications — you’ll now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, an update on your comment or if you follow a user’s comments. are Visit us. Community Guidelines How to adjust yourself for more information and details E-mail Setting