Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ Extended to Run Through 2016 at TBS

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Samantha Bee, who has delivered scathing topical humor at the helm of TBS’ new “Full Frontal” for the last several weeks, has lot more to laugh about.

TBS said it had ordered an additional 26 episodes of her comedic talk show, which means the program will air 39 episodes in total through the end of the year. The Time Warner-owned cable outlet had initially ordered 13 episodes of the series. The nod lends ballast to the series, which has already generated critical plaudits in its early days and has expanded the profile of its host, a veteran faux-news correspondent of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” who is one of the few female hosts in the expanding late-night genre.

The network said the program reaches an average of 3.7 million viewers per episode across TBS’s linear, digital and mobile outlets. TBS said the show generates a million adults between 18 and 49 and 2.1 million viewers in total who watch it via TV over the course of a week. Clips from the show have generated 29 million views on the program’s YouTube channel.

Unlike many of the programs with which it is compared, Bee’s “Full Frontal” does not air after 11 p.m., and only runs once a week (and not always – the show has been benched this week, for example, as TBS broadcasts some of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to which its parent, Turner Broadcasting, has the rights). Its most similar counterpart is John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, which runs on Sunday evenings and lampoons the news, sometimes delving into a single topic for more than 10 to 15 minutes.

Bee’s show features the host’s lacerating comedic takes on politics and culture as well as field pieces, including one that sent her to Syria.”Full Frontal” airs Monday nights at 10:30 p.m., part of the TBS primetime lineup,and leads into Conan O’Brien’s “Conan” at 11 p.m. on that night.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” is executive-produced by Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Jo Miller, Miles Kahn and Tony Hernandez. The program is currently being sold internationally. Entertainment One handles the worldwide rights for the series outside of the U.S. and Canada.