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Samantha Bee Canceled: ‘Full Frontal’ Finale

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Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” gets hit in the rear by Warner Bros. discovery.

The show, which has become the hallmark of major cable network TBS, “will not return to the network in the fall,” the Bee said in a statement.

“As we continue to shape our new programming strategy, we have made some difficult business 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 look forward to more opportunities to work with them in the future.”

For seven seasons of “Full Frontal,” Bea brought an aggressive and brash voice to the late-night television scene, and it was one of the few programs presented from a female perspective. Bee garnered attention with outrageous humor and monologues that prodded the normally good-natured cable network into a fair amount of profanity and dealing with often polarizing political issues. In 2018, the show became part of a news cycle when Bee used a charged epithet referring to part of the female anatomy to insult President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. Advertisers temporarily withdrew commercial support.

“We do shows to please ourselves,” Bea said. Diversity during an interview in 2016. “It gives us the ability to say what we want, exactly the way we want.” In the process, the audience will laugh a little, but will also be able to banish their frustration with modern politics and culture. When Bee watches TV, she says: “I like it when a firm hand leads me somewhere. I think that’s what we’re doing with the show – reaching out with a firm hand. You may not like where it takes you, and that’s okay too.” She hopes audiences will “walk away first with comedy and then with catharsis.”

The end of her show will come when television continues to cut back on its late-night antics. WarnerMedia decided to end its longtime TBS late-night program Conan with Conan O’Brien last June. NBC and nighttime host Lilly Singh, a digital entertainment influencer who launched a new show on the network in the wee hours, decided to part ways last year. Comedy Central, which once boasted three different late-night shows, now regularly only shows one Daily Show on weekdays. Showtime’s weekly comedy showcase “Desus & Mero” is not returning to Showtime due to a row between its hosts. And CBS is mulling cheaper alternatives to replace James Corden when he leaves The Late Late Show in early 2023.

The end of “Full Frontal” comes as Warner Bros. Discovery cuts content costs for major cable networks such as TBS and TNT. To be sure, retail outlets continue to show films and have added more sports nights thanks to a recent rights agreement between Warner Bros. Discovery and NHL. But TBS is cutting back on scripted shows, and shows like Chad and The Last OG have been canceled in recent weeks. Brett Weitz, general manager of TBS, TNT and TruTV, left the company in May after the cable networks were merged under the auspices of a Warner Bros. chief executive. Discovery Kathleen Finch. Weitz was a vocal supporter of “Full Frontal”.

“Full Frontal” heralded a new parade of weekly late-night comedy shows aimed at smaller niches rather than wider audiences. Once B’s program took off, BET tried a similar demo for Robin Tede, made by the same company as B. Comedy Central is trying to launch a weekly program hosted by Charlamagne Tha Bog.

Bea has often surprised viewers by traveling to remote locations, interviewing interesting analysts and making time for new voices such as Amy Hoggart, Mike Reubens and Ashley Nicole Black. One of her funniest segments was about how she tried to get her hands on the NRA mascot Eddie the Eagle costume, and it turned out to be more difficult than buying a firearm. Full Front was recently nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short Documentary or Reality Feature category.


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