Samantha Bee Will Join Late-Night Fray in January

The spotlight in late night is on Stephen Colbert as he prepares to launch his CBS program next week, but Samantha Bee wants to grab some of the illumination, too.

The former “Daily Show” correspondent formally announced Wednesday that her new TBS program will be called “Full Frontal” and will debut in January. In a raunchy promo placed on YouTube, Bee placed heavy emphasis on the fact that her program will be the only one in the time slot hosted by a woman.

Bee did not reveal what time her new program will run.

Bee is likely to be the last major entrant into a time period in the midst of tremendous change. Over the last two years, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Chelsea Handler, Jon Stewart and Craig Ferguson have stepped down. There are relatively new faces behind the desk at nearly every major program that airs around the end of the day.

For TBS, part of Time Warner’s Turner unit, the launch of Bee’s new series represents another attempt to build a bigger wee-hours franchise. TBS has featured Conan O’Brien at 11 p.m. since November of 2010. The program was originally paired with “Lopez Tonight,” which starred George Lopez. In 2013, the network gave a tryout to “The Pete Holmes Show,” led by the comedian and developed in part by O’Brien.

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