“The Larry Wilmore Show, which had come about under Michele Ganeless’ time as Comedy Central president, and which she had described as ‘a panel of diverse voices, a panel of underrepresented voices’ that was something that wasn’t ‘being done right now,’ has just been canceled under new network president Kent Alterman. He said in a statement that it ‘hasn’t connected with [their] audiences in the way that [they] need it to.’“
The timing of the cancellation is somewhat bizarre, considering the show’s excellent coverage of the ungoing American presidential election. Larry Wilmore has become a staple commentator of social justice issues and civil rights activism since The Nightly Show began, using playful monologues and group discussion to bring urgent and neglected issues to light.
Comedy Central’s new network president, Kent Alterman, claims that the show has not sufficiently connected with audiences. I wonder whether this actually signals a broader problem with Comedy Central’s lacklustre approach to online multi-platform broadcasting. In an age when other late night shows (including those of fellow Daily Show alumni, such as Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) opt to distribute lengthy clips on sites like Youtube and Facebook, the channel that hosts The Daily Show and The Nightly Show remains precious about broad dissemination of its content.
The final episode of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore will air this Thursday night.
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