10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal' Renewed, Moving to Wednesdays
No surprise here: Samantha Bee is staying put at TBS. Her weekly talk show, Full Frontal, has been renewed for a second season. One thing that will change is her time slot. The comedian heads to Wednesday nights in 2017.
"I am only sorry that this renewal leaves me unavailable for a cabinet position in the new administration," Bee said Wednesday in a statement. "I will, however, be available to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, seeing as I already bought the dress."
Bee's freshman season, expanded in the wake of positive critical feedback and plenty of attention during the run-up to the presidential election, aired largely on Monday nights. It started at 10 p.m. before shifting to 10:30 p.m. The network also played it fast and loose with the schedule, allowing for delayed and extra episodes to accommodate political conventions and last week's election. When the second season debuts Jan. 11, it will air at 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
“Of course we're picking up the show," said TBS' senior vp, original programming Thom Hinkle. "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. We're so lucky to have Sam and her Emmy-nominated team, led by the brilliant [showrunner] Jo Miller, as part of the TBS family."
Indeed, Bee has become a bigger part of the comedy conversation than many of her male late-night contemporaries. Ratings for the series have improved, now pulling an average 3.3 million viewers across platforms, and the recent quarter saw its showing among adults 18-49 grow by 37 percent. Bee's presence on YouTube remains a bit shy of her peer group's, with a total 481,000 subscribers and more than 117 million video plays to date.
Deviating some from the traditional late-night comedy format, and technically not late-night at all on account of its primetime airing, Full Frontal presents reported features and interviews on top of Bee's acerbic monologues. (She's also skipped out on a desk and in-studio guests in favor of standing in front of her audience.)
The remaining episodes of Full Frontal's freshman season, which airs through early December, will continue to air Monday nights.