The late night talk show circuit is almost exclusively dominated by male hosts, but Samantha Bee is one of the few women changing that and news that TBS has renewed her show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, for a full season confirms that audiences are tuning in to hear what the former Daily Show correspondent has to say. Samantha’s growing popularity may be due to her willingness to tackle tough issues (with some calling her Jon Stewart’s true successor) or it may be her snarky, sarcastic sense of humor, but whatever the reason, Samantha Bee isn’t going anywhere and her fans couldn’t be happier.
TBS Renews Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Originally set to run as a limited series with just 13 episodes, TBS has ordered an additional 26 episodes of Full Frontal to make a full season of 39 episodes, confirming the instant success of Samantha Bee’s uniquely slanted views on everything from politics to gender equality. After serving as a satirical correspondent on The Daily Show for 12 years, Bee is certainly qualified to lead the way for women to tackle the late night arena.
The demographics’ numbers and the rave reviews Bee have received for her Full Frontal late night show with TBS reveals that 3.7 million viewers tuned in for the first run episodes via television and additional media outlets. Bumping those numbers up substantially, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has generated 29 million views on the series’ YouTube channel.
Samantha presents a different approach to late night talk, starting with the time slot allotted to Full Frontal, which airs before 11:00 p.m. (depending on one’s time zone) instead of after the 11 o’clock benchmark, as is the case with more traditional talk shows. In addition to Bee’s satirical and opinionated commentary on current issues from politics to American culture, Ms. Bee also reports on-field pieces. A recent episode sent Samantha and the Full Frontal camera team to Syria.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is executive-produced by Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Jo Miller, Miles Kahn, and Tony Hernandez.
Samantha Bee Tackles The Male Dominated Late Night Line-Up
The media is focused on Samantha Bee as the only female late night talk show host, but Bee, herself, says she doesn’t really think about it, at least not to the extent that so many other people focus on it. She says she’s just doing her thing, trying to make Full Frontal as good as it can be, while paying very little attention to what’s being said about her in the media. Samantha does acknowledge that she’s breaking a barrier and looks forward to seeing other women join her in the late night talk show line-up.
“There’s really no one doing what we’re doing right now. But there will be others,” says Ms. Bee. “And then I will be able to share that responsibility with others. It’d be nice, to have a little club. We can get jackets.”
Even before she received the news that TBS was ordering more episodes of Full Frontal, Samantha said she was really enjoying the experience of putting herself out there in the late night line-up and preceding Conan O’Brien’s later offering. The Full Frontal executive producer says she’s been very proud of the job everyone has been doing in helping to make Full Frontal with Samantha Bee such a high-quality series.
“I’m having so much fun. It’s so satisfying to me. I only ever wanted to do this show if I knew it could be a fun and enjoyable experience, and it really is. We’ve built this great team of people, and I’m so proud of what we’re doing. And I feel like every Monday we leave it all on the floor. That’s all I wanted to do.”
Full Frontal airs just one night a week and that’s something Samantha Bee is very happy about, saying that she would never consider doing a nightly series.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is currently on a break, but new episodes will air Mondays on TBS.
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