Seeso Officially Shutting Down This Year

The NBCUniversal comedy-focused digital platform is trying to find new homes for its original programming.
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After a round of layoffs and seeing its top exec depart, NBCUniversal's digital platform Seeso is officially shutting its doors.

"We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors," the company Wednesday wrote on its Facebook page.

That the comedy-focused digital platform, which launched in 2015, would shut down comes as little surprise. Layoffs hit the company in June as the SVOD service's business model was being re-evaluated. That followed the May departure of Seeso head Evan Shapiro, leaving NBCUniversal president digital enterprises Maggie Suniewick to take over his responsibilities.

In the interim, Seeso is searching for a new home for scripted originals including There's … Johnny! as well as others. Johnny was poised to premiere on Seeso. That is no longer happening as NBCU searches for a new home for the comedy about the behind-the-scenes world of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

"Though we will be departing, much of our comedy will live on — and some of your favorite Seeso Originals have already found a new home," the company wrote on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Seeso said viewers can find other programming including HarmonQuest, My Brother, My Brother and Me, Hidden America With Jonah Ray and The Cyanide and Happiness Show on VRV and would provide additional updates when other programming, including Johnny!, finds a home.  

Seeso's shuttering comes as contraction continues to sweep over the television industry. NBCUniversal recently shuttered the Esquire Network's linear home in favor of a digital platform as many industry observers continue to forecast additional networks leaving the scripted industry. To that end, WGN America recently opted to exit the scripted originals game in favor of low-cost acquisitions as it shifts from an AMC-like network to a business model more in line with Ion.

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