Samantha Bee whose take-no-prisoners coverage of the election cycle on late-night’s Full Frontal has endeared her to TV critics and political pundits alike, officially got her expected pick-up for 2017 – and a new night.
TBS announced this morning that weekly Full Frontal is moving from Mondays at 10:30 PM ET to same timeslot on Wednesday nights, starting January 11. Insider says the Wednesday move works better from a production and content perspective, but that was made pretty clear during Election Week’s Wednesday night episode.
“I am only sorry that this renewal leaves me unavailable for a cabinet position in the new administration,” Bee said in today’s announcement.
“I will, however, be available to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, seeing as I already bought the dress.”
Your move, White House Correspondents Association. Seriously.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, which has been storming late night since its launch last February 8, is the fastest growing show in the daypart; this quarter’s delivery of adults 18-49 is outpacing Q3 by 37%. The weekly show reaches an average of 3.3 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms, which, TBS boasted, puts it among late-night Top 3 programs in the key adults 18-49 demo, quarter-to-date.
Throughout its first season, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has covered the Presidential election extensively, including a sit-down interview with President Obama, as well as interviews with several female leaders from around the world, by way of demonstrating how behind the trend is this country.
Full Frontal has not confined itself to White House-race madness, though many of the show’s “other” segments have shined a light on election-cycle hot-button issues. Full Frontal has, for instance, reported on untested rape kits in Georgia, abortion laws in Texas, and local state legislators across the country, as well as the mass shooting in Orlando. Among the ways Bee’s program has distinguished itself from the growing mob of late-night shows – beside the female host thing – it has ambitiously traveled to Jordan, Germany and, most recently, Russia, to bring an international perspective to important domestic issues.
“In less than a year, Sam has become one of the most talked-about personalities in all of television…We’re so lucky to have Sam and her Emmy-nominated team, led by the brilliant Jo Miller, as part of the TBS family. Xoxoxoxo,” TBS SVP original programming Thom Hinkle raved in this morning’s announcement.