Samantha Bee of ‘Daily Show’ To Host New TBS Series

Samantha Bee of 'Daily Show' Host

TBS is making a bid for fans of Comedy Central’s late-night lineup.

The Time Warner-owned network, which has run Conan O’Brien’s latenight program opposite Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report,” Thursday unveiled an agreement with longtime “Daily Show” correspondent Samantha Bee that would have her host and executive-produce a series in which she will  “apply her smart and satirical point of view to current and relevant issues,” the Time Warner-owned network said in a statement. The new show, the network said, is in the early stages of development.

The move comes as the latenight lineup of Comedy Central is in transition. Stephen Colbert wrapped his series in late 2014 as he shifts to succeed David Letterman at CBS’ “The Late Show.” And “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart has announced he intends to step down from that series between July and the end of 2015. Bee’s new duties on a rival network add to the likelihood that the Viacom-owned network will have to seek Stewart’s successor from outside its current talent lineup.

“After watching Sam’s work for years, we knew that her distinctive humor and talent belong at the front of her own show,” said Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for TBS, in a statement. Bee and husband Jason Jones already are working on a 10-episode comedy series for TBS inspired by their own experiences with family getaways. The untitled show, which Jones and Bee will executive produce, will star Jones, a one-time “Daily Show” contributor who recently left that program.

Bee is expected to continue to appear on “The Daily Show” through the start of production on the TBS vacation series, and then contribute occasional pieces to “Daily Show” as her new program goes through development. Should the new series launch on air, she would presumably leave the Comedy Central program entirely.

Comedy Central executives are believed to be focusing on finding a host in his or her 30s to take over “Daily Show” as the longrunning satirical series’ third host. Under Kent Alterman, president of original programming, Comedy Central has in recent years sought out people who have a unique voice or world view, including Amy Schumer or Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of “Broad City.” For Stewart’s eventual successor, having a distinct take on culture, news and politics may be more important than relative fame.

A number of potential heirs to Stewart’s throne have recently taken themselves out of the game.  “Daily Show” contributor Jessica Williams recently took to Twitter to declare herself “unqualified” for the job. Joel McHale is currently under contract at E!, and John Oliver, a former “Daily Show” contributor, has extended his stay with HBO through 2017.

At TBS, “Conan” has not generated as much audience as Comedy Central’s Stewart-and-Colbert combination, but the latenight show serves as a means to keep the network in the consideration set of creative talent and producers and has developed strong ties with advertisers like AT&T. TBS parent Turner Broadcasting extended O’Brien’s deal with the network to 2018 nearly two years ago. TBS recently tested a latenight companion program, “The Pete Holmes Show,” that aired at midnight after O’Brien’s program finished its broadcast.

 

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  1. RaeAnn Callahan says:

    I agree with Jen Fleming. I am so not liking her always making snide remarks and making fun of our President and the White House etc. If that is the only way she can get ratings then I feel sorry for her. She clearly does not appreciate being an American that I suggest she keep her opinions to her self. This woman is NOT funny in any sense of the word. I am offended by her even being on my channel line up. Shame on all you writers and producers for allowing this garbage to be on the television! Are you trying to keep our countries people divided? I hope your show gets pulled off the air. To me this is not something I would ever allow my kids or grand kids to watch as you are clearly wrong for what ya all are putting on the air. Even Saturday night live stopped being jerks. And for good reason. If ya all know what good for all, change your topics. Cause as of now, I hope your show fails and she goes under!!!!
    Go back to Canada Samantha. You dont deserve to live in the USA.

  2. Jen Fleming says:

    Someone needs to tell this broad to sit down and shut up! She is not funny in any sense of the word and has no right to talk about our politics but should go back home and tend to her own country. She wants us to accept a woman who lies just about every time she opens her mouth, is directly responsible for the loss of our men in Benghazi, and for classified documents shown to the world. Shows how dumb she is and wants us to be.

  3. Roger Rice says:

    She is just another liberal hack that needs to just go back to Canada, no one wants you here. You are not even funny!

  4. Sam the TV Man says:

    who? never heard of her! another of these so called ‘comedians’ nobody but people in the business
    push on the public with no talent. TBS use to be one of my favorite networks but not for years just
    like TNT who use to make great TV movies. TV and cable just suck now. So glad I have a enormous
    collection of great classic TV shows and movies and classic movies I don’t need pay TV anymore.

  5. Vic says:

    Sad, another stupid comedy show by the left that lies and uses comedy to make sheeples think it’s true. I haven’t watched comedy central in years, now I may be turning TBS off as well. I’m sure this show will flop….

  6. H munster says:

    Samantha Bee is simply not funny. Why she gets her own show is beyond reason. Talentless libtard. TBS has been promoting her show violently… cant wait for it to fail.

    • Kevin Riesch says:

      I never heard of her either, but she showed up on my tv tonight. After just the opening plus 3 minutes I despised her! She is some kind of libtard. Geez we are friggin drowning with idiots in this country!!

  7. LLL says:

    I will watch Samantha not comedy central. I am tired of the sexism.

  8. Duder NME says:

    She’s amazing. Her art performance piece in a onesie was one of the best Daily Show bits ever.

  9. Clinton Weir says:

    This can only be a good thing.

  10. dean says:

    Bee is the funniest comedienne in television.
    I had hoped that she and Jason would take over the Daily Show, but am
    looking forward to their own production.
    Kudos, guys!

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