Warner Bros. Discovery is giving Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” the boot.
According to a statement from Bee’s management, the show, which turned into a signature program for the significant cable network TBS, “will not return to the network in the fall.”
TBS stated in a statement that it has made “some painful, business-based decisions as we continue to define our new programming strategy.” We appreciate Sam and the rest of the Emmy-nominated team for their ground-breaking work and are honored to have hosted ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.’ We are grateful for the cast and crew’s extraordinary skill and eagerly anticipate finding more projects to collaborate on in the future.
Over the course of seven seasons, Bee’s “Full Frontal” was one of the only shows with a female point-of-view and brought an angry and sassy voice to late-night television. When Jon Stewart served as host of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” reporter Bee gained fame for her wild comedy.
Her speeches forced the typically amiable cable network to embrace copious quantities of vulgarity and address divisive political topics. When Bee insulted Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, using a loaded term that refers to a portion of the female anatomy, the show made headlines in 2018. For a while, advertisers reduced their financial assistance.
In an interview with Variety in 2016, Bee stated, “We do a show to please ourselves.” “This provides us the chance to say what we want, exactly how we want to say it.” Her audience members can laugh a little while also letting out their anger with contemporary politics and culture. Bee adds, “I like a forceful hand to carry me somewhere,” when she watches TV.
That’s what we do with the show, in my opinion: we lend a strong hand. It’s possible that you won’t like where it leads, and that’s okay too. She wishes for viewers to “leave with laughter first, and then catharsis following.”
As TV’s late-night entertainment continues to be curtailed, her program comes to an end. In June of last year, WarnerMedia made the decision to sever its venerable “Conan” late-night program on TBS with Conan O’Brien. In the early morning hours of the previous year, NBC and late-night personality Lilly Singh, a digital entertainment influencer, made the decision to separate ways.
Once home to three different late-night programs, Comedy Central currently only airs one, “The Daily Show,” regularly on weeknights. Due to a falling out between its hosts, Showtime’s weekly comedy showcase “Desus & Mero” won’t be airing again. Additionally, CBS is considering less expensive replacements for James Corden when he departs “The Late Late Show” in early 2023.
The amount of content Warner Bros. Discovery spends on major cable networks like TBS and TNT has been reduced. Yes, the channels still show movies, and a recent rights agreement between Warner Bros.
Discovery and the NHL has allowed them to add more sports evenings. However, TBS has been reducing the number of scripted series, axing programs including “Chad” and “The Last O.G.” in recent weeks. Following the consolidation of the cable networks under the direction of Kathleen Finch, a representative of Warner Bros. Discovery, Brett Weitz, general manager of TBS, TNT, and TruTV, left the organization in May. Weitz had backed “Full Frontal” wholeheartedly.
The weekly late-night comedy series “Full Frontal” foreshadowed a new wave of programs that catered to specific audiences rather than a larger audience. Following the success of Bee’s show, BET tried a similar showcase for Robin Thede, which was created by the same studio as Bee. Charlamagne Tha God is the host of a weekly program on Comedy Central.
Bee frequently astounded audiences by visiting remote locations, securing interviews with fascinating analysts, and including fresh voices like Allana Harkin, Amy Hoggart, Mike Rubens, and Ashely Nicole Black. One of her funniest pieces was about how difficult it was for her to get a costume for Eddie the Eagle, the mascot of the National Rifle Association. A few months ago, “Full Frontal” received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.