TBS Renews ‘Full Frontal,’ Moves It To Wednesdays

By November 17, 2016


Although she won’t have a presidential election to joke about, TBS – as expected – ordered a second season of its weekly biting political humor show Full Frontal with former The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee.

With the renewal, however, Full Frontal will move from Mondays just before Conan to Wednesdays just before Conan. The day shift came after special episodes that aired on Wednesdays performed well for TBS.

Bee, who is one of late night television’s only female hosts (who technically appears in prime time), joked in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that she would have to turn down any job offers from incoming U.S. president Donald Trump. Bee, like many of the late-night hosts, were scathing in their coverage of the real estate developer-turned-reality television star.

“I am only sorry that this renewal leaves me unavailable for a cabinet position in the new administration. I will, however, be available to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, seeing as I already bought the dress.”

When Full Frontal premiered last February, it aired at 10 a.m., but was then pushed to 10:30 as a direct lead-in to Conan O’Brien’s 11 p.m. talk show. TBS then moved the show around the week, primarily to keep Bee as current as possible with the latest breaking news in the presidential election that culminated with Trump’s surprising win earlier this month.

Bee averaged 3.3 million viewers – strong for a basic cable show – across various platforms, and has had continued growth throughout the year. That left renewing Full Frontal a no-brainer for Thom Hinkle, the senior vice president of original programming for TBS.

“Of course we’re picking up the show. In less than a year, Sam has become one of the most talked about personalities in all of television, and Full Frontal‘s audience continues to grow.”

Full Frontal will stay at 10:30 when it returns Jan. 11.

Bee has a dual Canadian and American citizenship, and broke into the comedy scene in 2003 as part of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show cast. She stayed on the show for 12 years, finally leaving during the correspondents exodus preceding Stewart’s departure himself in 2015.

colbertstewart-inset111716She is now just one of several former Daily Show correspondents who have found major success after the show. Stephen Colbert left The Daily Show in 2005 to host that program’s lead-out, The Colbert Report, and is now host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS. Britain native John Oliver left in 2013 to host the Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight on HBO.

Josh Gad, who left in 2011, would go on to become an original cast member in the stage musical The Book of Mormon. While Steve Carell, who departed in 2005, starred in NBC’s The Office, and later earned an Oscar nomination for his role in the film Foxcatcher.

Although Oliver and other political-based late-night hosts like Bill Maher have ended their seasons for the year, Bee will continue with new episodes through the early part of December, staying on Monday nights until officially switching to the new season in January.

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