7:12am PT by Hilary Lewis
TBS Orders Full Year of 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee'
TBS has ordered a full year of its new weekly late-night series, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
The cable network on Monday announced that it has added 26 more episodes to the new series, bringing the total number of Full Frontal episodes to 39 and taking the show through the end of 2016.
Full Frontal debuted in February, making Bee the lone female late-night host on TV. The Daily Show alum has used this distinction to focus on female-centric stories, like abortion regulations and untested rape kits. Bee and her team also actively worked to create a diverse writing staff for the show.
The satirical series, which airs Monday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, was originally given a 13-episode order, with Bee indicating to press ahead of the show's debut that her team wouldn't hold back in their initial episodes.
In response to news of the renewal, Bee said in a statement, "Stay crazy America, I'll be here all year!"
TBS executive vp original programming Brett Weitz added, "Sam has positioned herself as an essential voice in late night, and it's pretty clear she's struck a nerve and filled a void."
Ironically, Full Frontal is currently in the middle of a two-week vacation and won't air tonight due to the NCAA Championship.
The show, which has received critical acclaim, is reaching an average of 3.7 million viewers per episode across TBS' linear, digital and mobile platforms, including Live + 7 deliveries of a million adults 18-49 and 2.1 million total viewers, according to TBS. Clips from the show have generated 29 million views on the Full Frontal With Samantha Bee YouTube channel.
The show is executive produced by Bee, Jason Jones, Jo Miller, Miles Kahn and Tony Hernandez. Jones, a fellow Daily Show alum and Bee's husband, also has his own scripted series, The Detour, premiering on TBS later this month.