Seven seasons will be all for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. It has just been reported, via Deadline, that TBS has declined to renew the political talk show for another season. As the series will not return this fall, the seventh season will serve as the final season of the show. Full Frontal’s demise marks the latest TV show to be canceled as a result of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger; former TNT, TBS, and truTV general manager Brett Weitz was reportedly a big supporter of Bee’s.
“As we continue to shape our new programming strategy, we’ve made some difficult, business-based decisions,” a TBS spokeswoman said of the cancelation. “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee will not return to TBS. We are proud to have been the home to 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 exploring new opportunities to work with them in the future.”
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During its time on television, Full Frontal had achieved great success, and seven seasons is a respectable run for any television show. It had been nominated for the late-night television Emmy on four consecutive occasions, and this year, it was up for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series. Full Frontal had also just recently surpassed 200 episodes as part of its seventh season.
“I can’t even remember what my headspace was, I feel like I was a completely different person six years ago,” Bee recently told Deadline. “We’ve lived through an entire Donald Trump Presidency, been in a global pandemic, so much has happened in the world and somehow we made 200 episodes of TV on top of that.”
Samantha Bee Exits Late Night Television, Is Chelsea Handler Stepping In?
With the loss of Samantha Bee from the late night television arena, there’s more of a lack of diversity, as she is one of few women to have hosted a late night talk show. But perhaps another woman with experience in that department will help fill the void with a planned return to late night TV. Chelsea Handler, who spent many years hosting Chelsea Lately, has stated her intentions to launch a new late night show after noticing that this is something that is mostly occupied by older, white men.
“I feel like this is a time where it’s so important to be represented and to be representing women and to remind people why it’s so important to be loud and to be strong and to be indefatigable about it and to get up and say something,” Handler told Variety. “It gives a lot of people comfort when they have somebody speaking for them — you know, not just a white guy, who I’m sure is on our side, but it’s just different. There’s really nobody that can experience what it’s like to be a woman other than one of us. So having anybody else comment on that, white men’s opinions are pretty irrelevant.”
Time will tell on what happens next with Handler and her plans to return to late night TV. As for Samantha Bee, we will likely see her again soon enough in some capacity, just not on TBS this fall hosting Full Frontal.