Netflix cancels Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale talk shows after low viewership

Adam Westlake - Aug 19, 2018, 10:30am CDT
Netflix cancels Michelle Wolf, Joel McHale talk shows after low viewership

Netflix has been extremely successful in recent years with its original series and movies, but one category it continues to struggle with is the talk show format. The streaming network has been experimenting with several shows, starting out with the Chelsea Handler-hosted Chelsea and more recently getting Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but two other new series have been cancelled after brief runs.

Both The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale have been given the axe after a single season. The Joel McHale Show debuted in February, while The Break just premiered in May, however neither show brought in enough viewers for Netflix to let them continue, notes Hollywood Reporter.

The comedy shows had promise, with Wolf as a rising star following her hosting duties at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner where she heavily roasted the Trump administration. Likewise, McHale was well-known for his part on Community, and his Netflix show was almost an exact replica of his previous hosting gig on E’s The Soup.

While Chelsea was also cancelled last year after its second season, Netflix certainly isn’t giving up on the talk show format. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which already had several seasons on Crackle before it was poached by Netflix, has been given a second season on its new home, and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman had a much more successful first season, not to mention a very well-recognized host.

SOURCE Hollywood Reporter


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