Seeso to Shut Down ‘Later This Year’

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Comedy streaming service Seeso is shutting down, it announced Wednesday.

“We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors,” the service said in a statement posted to Facebook. “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.”

According to the statement, Seeso originals “HarmonQuest,” “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” “Hidden America With Jonah Ray,” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show” will move to fellow streamer VRV. Seeso was set to debut the original series “There’s…Johnny!” later this month. The show, from executive producer Paul Reiser, follows the behind-the-scenes world of Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”

“[In] the meantime, please note that ‘There’s…Johnny!’ will no longer premiere this month as previously announced,” the statement said. “We love this show and can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

The NBCUniversal-backed streaming service launched in January 2016 as a $3.99 a month service that offered next-day streaming of “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night With Seth Meyer,” and other NBC comedy programs as well as acquired fare such as the original “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

The service failed to generate a substantial subscriber base, with a round of layoffs hitting Seeso back in June. The layoffs came one month after the departure of Evan Shapiro, who launched the service as executive vice president of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises.

Read Seeso’s full statement below.

Dear Seeso-ers,

We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors.

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.

You can now find HarmonQuest, My Brother, My Brother and Me, Hidden America with Jonah Ray and The Cyanide and Happiness Show on VRV: https://www.vrv.co/watchnow

We’ll let you know as soon as we have further information, including where to find the exciting project “There’s…Johnny!” and other Seeso Originals in the future (in the meantime, please note that There’s…Johnny! will no longer premiere this month as previously announced. We love this show and can’t wait for everyone to see it).

 

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