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Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS’ late-night talk show, has been canceled after seven seasons on the air.
The show’s seventh season came to an end on June 23, and it has now been confirmed that it will not return for an eighth run.
The Daily Show was where Samantha Bee started her 12-year stint as a correspondent in the television industry. However, after the show’s presenter Jon Stewart announced his departure and Bee was not asked to take over as host, she made the decision to look for other employment possibilities.
After collaborating with TBS, Full Frontal made its premiere in February 2016, with Bee hosting a once-weekly late-night news magazine program that combined comedy and investigative reporting. Over the course of the show’s seven seasons, visitors included Barack Obama, David Tennant, and current Vice President Kamala Harris. There were 218 episodes total.
In a statement given to the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for Bee said: “Samantha Bee is honored to have hosted the Emmy Award-winning series Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on TBS for seven seasons, but the show will not return to the network this fall. Bee made television history in the late night space, paving the way for female voices in what has traditionally been, and continues to be a male dominated landscape.”
They went on: “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee bravely used political satire to entertain, educate, and empower viewers while embracing critically overlooked stories, particularly those concerning women. Sam and her team continuously shattered barriers.
TBS’s spokesman added: “We’ve made some challenging, commercial decisions as we continue to define our new programming strategy. TBS will not air Full Frontal With Samantha Bee again. We appreciate Sam and the rest of the Emmy-nominated team for their ground-breaking work and are happy 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.
The show’s debut season was a critical favorite, garnering a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But, like all the other original offerings on network TBS, things are only going one way…
Analysis: Why is the show ending?
TBS’ parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, is on an epic round of cost-cutting after it merged earlier in 2022, as we’ve written about extensively when executives at TBS’ sibling, TNT, canceled its last piece of original programming, Snowpiercer (and when TBS executives decided to pull Chad, the acclaimed coming-of-age comedy from air just hours before its second season was due to start). Simply said, it is removing all of its original content from TBS, TNT, and TruTV.
Miracle Workers, a comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe that is entering its fourth season, and American Dad, an animated series, are now the sole original programming on TBS. After Snowpiercer is over, TNT will only air reruns.
In July, the one-season drama The Time Traveler’s Wife was cancelled, and shortly after that, the historical drama Gentleman Jack. Both of those programs were canceled by HBO, along with the animated comedy Close Enough from HBO Max and Adult Swim’s Joe Pera Talks With You.
You’d better hope your new program takes off if it’s debuting on HBO Max or any of Warner Bros Discovery’s other networks. The world is harsh.