TBS Full Frontal – Washington DC Production Company. K2 had so much fun collaborating with Samantha B and team on the recent episode featuring Senator Kristen Gillibrand from New York. For those of you who don’t know Sam B check out her bio.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is an American news comedy program that airs on Mondays on TBS in the United States and on The Comedy Network in Canada. The show premiered on February 8, 2016, and is hosted by comedian Samantha Bee, previously a correspondent on The Daily Show.
Samantha Bee served as a correspondent on The Daily Show for 12 years, becoming its longest tenured correspondent. She was not approached about succeeding Jon Stewart as the show’s host when Stewart announced he would leave the show. Bee and her husband, Jason Jones, pitched television shows to networks, and their scripted series, called The Detour, was picked up by TBS in February 2015. TBS then decided to extend their relationship with Bee to develop a late-night talk show to pair with Conan.
Bee hired Jo Miller and Miles Kahn, formerly producers of The Daily Show, as executive producers for her new show. They set up a blinded process for hiring writers that hid the gender and experience level of the applicants, resulting in a writing staff that is approximately half female and 30% non-white. The show is written by Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Eric Drysdale (episodes 12-present), Mathan Erhardt, Joe Grossman, Jo Miller, Jason Reich, and Melinda Taub. The show hired Winter Miller to help develop a mentorship program to help diversify the writing room.
Before the show’s format was finalized, Bee indicated that she would have segments that focus on news headlines, field pieces, and “grab bag” segments. She filmed a segment about how the Veterans Health Administration was not prepared to treat female soldiers,and filmed a segment in Jordan. Showrunner Jo Miller indicated that the show will be more interested in injustice than in hypocrisy. There are no interview guests on the series, but a number of guest actors have appeared in various segments. E.g. the May 9 episode features both the singerMichelle Branch and comedian Patton Oswalt.
Full Frontal shares a studio with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Bee’s offices previously housed Stephen Colbert and his staff while renovations were taking place at the Ed Sullivan Theater for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Full Frontal is the only currently airing late-night talk show in the United States which is hosted by a woman.[