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There’s a big change behind the scenes at Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
Showrunner Jo Miller has exited the TBS late-night series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
There is not yet a replacement for Miller, but a name is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The show is currently renewed through January.
“Jo is an incredibly talented writer who has played an invaluable role in the creation and success of the Full Frontal With Samantha Bee franchise over the past two years,” TBS said Monday in a statement. “We are grateful for her contributions and wish her continued success.”
MIller came on board Full Frontal after a six-year tenure writing for The Daily Show, where she worked alongside Bee as well as Bee’s husband and fellow Full Frontal executive producer Jason Jones.
Launching in February 2016, Full Frontal quickly earned rave reviews, including from THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg, who praised Bee’s “assured, effective debut.” The weekly half-hour series earned a second-season renewal in November 2016. Bee also made headlines this year for hosting the special telecast Not the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, with proceeds from the event going to the Committee to Protect Journalists. That broadcast earned Bee and Miller Emmys for best writing for a variety special. Full Frontal was also nominated for best writing for a variety talk series for the second time, and best variety talk series for the first time. (Miller won three other Emmys from her time on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.)
The Emmy win for Bee and the Full Frontal team is an important one for TBS as the Turner-owned cable network pushes forward in its brand reinvention that began when Kevin Reilly took over as president of both TBS and TNT in late 2014. He has been aggressively moving both channels toward edgier and more prestige fare, with TBS finding success with acclaimed single-camera comedies including Search Party, People of Earth and The Detour, which is executive produced by Bee and Jones and on which Jones also stars.
Bee is one of two late-night hosts on the network, the other being Conan O’Brien.
Bee is one of the few late-night hosts not renewed through the next presidential election. HBO recently handed out supersized, multiseason renewals to both Real Time With Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. Trevor Noah’s Daily Show contract was recently extended through 2022.
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