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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal midterm app was so popular it crashed
"Normally we love it when something goes down on us, just not our own app. We’ll be back TOMORROW!" Bee tweeted last night after the “This is Not a Game” app proved to be too popular. ALSO: Bee created the app after realizing 54% of her viewers aren't registered to vote.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Samantha Bee's midterms election app is now available to download
Source: Marie Claire
Full Frontal's "This Is Not a Game: The Game" was first announced in May. “It felt like somebody had to try something...to drive voter turnout,” says Bee. “We don’t have a clue if it’s going to work or succeed or fail. It’s been a grand experiment.”
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Samantha Bee: Full Frontal's new set will reflect our aim "to take up more space in the world"
Source: The Daily Beast
Bee tells The Daily Beast "it felt like a time for a bit of a refresh for our aesthetic," especially for her show's coverage of the midterms. "I’m very happy where we are," she says. "I think with anything, after two some-odd years you walk on stage and go, it seems small now, maybe we need something bigger. It’s not even really expanding the message of the show, I just think we’re ready for something bigger in that space. I think we’re ready to take up more space in the world and so why not have a set that reflects that?" Bee also addressed her C-word controversy, saying: "I was very regretful that that moment really took away from what I was trying to say with the segment. And the segment really effectively disappeared, you can’t find it anymore."
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 5:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee finds Michelle Wolf and Robin Thede cancelations "very disheartening"
Source: The Daily Beast
“I’m really, really sad about it,” the Full Frontal host says of BET canceling The Rundown with Robin Thede and Netflix axing The Break with Michelle Wolf over the past month. Bee tells The Daily Beast: “You have to take time as a network to develop things. If it’s not working for you in the time slot or whatever, you have to give a show more than 10 episodes to find its legs. It’s brutal. Shows need time to find their audience and they need adequate advertising. They need adequate promotional pushes to make that happen.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Samantha Bee and Padma Lakshmi parody Top Chef to comment on immigrants in the food industry
Tonight's Full Frontal episode tackles the 1.3 million undocumented immigrants who work in the U.S. restaurant industry.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal will undergo some tweaks during its one-month hiatus
Bee and her staff are planning a sketch during tonight's show bidding farewell to their original set. On Sept. 12, Bee will unveil what is being billed as "Full Frontal 2.0," which includes changes that are being made for the midterm elections.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Samantha Bee lobbies to present the Emmys' In Memorium reel
The Full Frontal host released a video showing just how she'd handle the In Memoriam reel: "Tonight we honor the men we lost, who made television the indelible and respected art form it is," she says. "And, the women who worked harder, made way less money and were still pissed off about it when they died."
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal team kept crashing Sean Spicer's book tour
Watch as Bee's Full Frontal correspondents pretended to be Trump supporters who asked probing questions while taking pictures with the former White House press secretary.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Samantha Bee: Les Moonves should've been asked to step down from CBS
“In the words of one of the immortal characters he helped create: ‘It’s time for this Moonves to be eclipsed,'" Bee said on Full Frontal while doing an impression of CSI: Miami's Horatio Caine. “CBS president Les Moonves is in deep trouble for sexually harassing female colleagues – or maybe he’s not in trouble at all,” Bee -- who tapes her show at CBS Broadcast Center in New York -- said on Wednesday's edition of Full Frontal. “Yes," she added jokingly, "who could ever bear to get rid of the creative mastermind who developed Hawaii Five-O and Hawaii Five-O: Miami? Les Moonves may be a brilliant TV creator, but no cop procedural, no matter how well-crafted and original, is worth ending a woman’s career to shut her up." ALSO: Terry Crews helps Bee tackle the seriousness of sexual assault on men.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Samantha Bee enlists Seinfeld's Jason Alexander to spoof Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Carpool Karaoke
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bee was also joined by journalist Masha Gessen for her Full Frontal segment mocking car-based talk show segments.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Samantha Bee offers "this very standard American soccer ball" to her fellow Emmy nominees
Check out Bee's special microphones-equipped soccer ball "gift" to Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Samantha Bee is grateful for Full Frontal's seven Emmy nominations in the aftermath of her C-word controversy
Hours after her TBS late-night show earned seven nominations, Bee told The Hollywood Reporter that the Ivanka Trump C-word controversy "affected me a lot. I've been thinking a lot about it," adding: "I think we handled it well, but it was a pretty steep learning curve." In another interview with Deadline, Bee added: “I think that’s the kind of world we’re living in now, and I won’t be surprised when it happens again when I strike a nerve and cause some reaction." Bee said she will be “better prepared for it emotionally” next time. “You can’t make the show from a place of fear and intimidation,” she said, adding: “I don’t think it means changing the job; it’s just something to have in the back of my mind at all times."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
Republican National Committee releases an "Unhinged" ad featuring Michelle Wolf, Samantha Bee, Bill Maher and Kathy Griffin
The RNC-produced commercial, titled "The Left In 2018: Unhinged" aims to take advantage of the liberal comedians' various controversies, with "narration" from Bernie Sanders (taken from 2016 presidential campaign speeches)..
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
Samantha Bee revisits immigration separation for the first time since "feckless c*nt" controversy
Source: The Daily Beast
Three weeks ago, the Full Frontal host became the first late-night host to fully take on the Trump administration's family separation policy that has blown up into a big story over the past week. But in calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt," her main message got lost in the controversy over her use of the offensive slur. In her opening monologue Wednesday night, Bee skewered President Trump's announcement that he would end family separations. “Yay, no more baby internment camps,” she said. “Just regular internment camps. Cool, that’s what we call a win in 2018!” She added: "Any solution to this problem has to start with the premise that children should not go to jail,” she added. “I know, I know, I’m such a radical leftist.” ALSO: Advertisers are starting to return to Full Frontal.