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TBS Offers a Look at What's Next for
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

 
 

TBS heads into 2017 with the wind at its back after launching six consecutive hits in 2016. Among those hits was the Emmy®-nominated, award-winning late-night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Hailed by The New Yorker as "America’s new Comedian-in-Chief" for her bare-knuckled coverage of the 2016 Presidential election, host Samantha Bee is back for another year as her show moves to a new timeslot, Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), starting Jan. 11.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee took late night by storm when it premiered in February, scoring strong ratings and tremendous praise from critics. The show currently reaches an average of 3.3 million viewers per episode across multiple platforms and ranks as one of television's Top 3 late-night series with adults 18-49 for the quarter-to-date. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee is also the fastest growing show in late night, with the fourth quarter's delivery of adults 18-49 outpacing Q3 by +37%.

Throughout its first season, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee covered the Presidential election extensively, including a sit-down interview with the current President and several female leaders from around the world. It also shined a light on specific issues, such as untested rape kits in Georgia, abortion laws in Texas and local state legislators across the country as well as national tragedies such as the mass shooting in Orlando. Bee also traveled around the globe to cover stories from an international perspective, with segments from Jordan, Germany and, most recently, Russia.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is produced by Turner's Studio T, with Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Jo Miller, Miles Kahn and Tony Hernandez serving as executive producers.

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TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Panel

 
 

Panel Bios

Samantha Bee
Host/Executive Producer

Samantha Bee is the host of TBS' award-winning Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Prior to assuming her role as the lone female in late night, Bee was a correspondent on The Daily Show from 2003-2015. She and her husband, Jason Jones, are also co-creators of the TBS sitcom The Detour. Bee is currently writing a middle-grade novel for Farrar Straus Giroux. She has also published a collection of personal essays entitled I Know I Am, But What Are You?

Pat King
Supervising Producer

Pat King is the supervising producer for TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. He previously worked as a producer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Last Week Tonight. His wife, Elise Terrell, works at The Daily Show and is a much better producer than he is. Pat is generally knowledgeable about all things Star Wars and some things political.

Miles Kahn
Executive Producer

Miles Kahn is a writer, director and producer currently serving as Executive Producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. He previously served as Senior Producer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, for which he won a Peabody Award in 2016. His 2014 web series with Aasif Mandvi, Halal in the Family, won a Peabody Award in 2014.  He was executive producer for DL Hughley: The Endangered List, which was honored with a 2013 Peabody Award. Basically, he bathes in Peabody Awards.

Jo Miller
Executive Producer/Showrunner/Head Writer

Jo Miller is the head writer, showrunner and executive producer of TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the Emmy® nominated and TCA award-winning satirical comedy show. Previously, Miller was a writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she received seven Emmy nominations and earned three Emmys for writing. Miller is a proud Yale University alum and a huge Treme fan.

Ashley Nicole Black
Writer/Correspondent

Ashley Nicole Black is a writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She dropped out of a PhD program at Northwestern University to study comedy at The Second City. Thank God it worked out.

Michael Rubens
Senior Field Producer/Contributor

Michael Rubens is a senior field producer and contributor for TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. An alumnus of both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Rubens has also published three novels, with a fourth due out in June 2017. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker's "Daily Shouts," as well as on HuffPost Comedy and Salon.com.

Allana Harkin
Co-Producer/Contributor

Allana Harkin is a contributor and co-producer for TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Originally from Canada, Harkin was a founding member, alongside Samantha Bee, of the acclaimed sketch troupe The Atomic Fireballs, where they spent many years wearing fake mustaches and working for beer tickets. Her writing includes work for PBS, Nick Jr., CBC and CTV. She also wrote the comedic play Real Estate, which has had dozens of productions across North America. Harkin graduated with an MFA in performance from York University and works as both a director and actor in film/TV and theatre. Her hobbies include Trump Rallies, baking and stress eating.


Brett Weitz
Executive Vice President of Original Programming for TBS

 
 

As executive vice president of original programming for TBS, Brett Weitz has spearheading the new direction of the network into younger and more relevant comedy, scoring six consecutive hits in 2016 with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Angie Tribeca, The Detour, Wrecked, People of Earth and Search Party, all of which ranked among cable's Top 25 new comedies of 2016.

During his previous position as senior vice president of scripted development for TNT & TBS, Weitz developed the dramas The Last Ship, from executive producer Michael Bay, and Legends, from executive producer Howard Gordon, as well as the comedies Ground Floor from Bill Lawrence & Jeff Astrof and Clipped from David Kohan & Max Mutchnick.

Weitz most recently served as senior vice president of development for TBS and TNT. He joined Turner Broadcasting in 2009 to work on original series development for TNT. He developed several hit dramas for the network, including Rizzoli & Isles and Falling Skies. His other credits include the multi-season dramas Dallas, Perception and Franklin & Bash. In addition, Weitz spearheaded the creation of the TNT's diversity program for series staffing.

Before coming to TNT, Weitz served as vice president of creative affairs for the fox21 Studios division of 20th Century Fox Television. In its first three years of operation, fox21 developed such series as TNT's Saved, the reality hit Beauty and the Geek and the comedy FreeRide. He also took on the challenge of finding alternative forms of development, searching for undiscovered talent and working with young and seasoned feature writers for cross-over opportunities for cable and broadcast television.

Weitz's other positions include serving as director of drama development for 20th Century Fox Television and, before that, as director of drama development for Columbia TriStar Television. And in 1999, he was part of the initial team that started up Michael Ovitz's Artists Television Group, where he served as director of creative affairs and later as television literary manager.

In 2006 Brett was recognized by the entertainment industry and The Hollywood Reporter as one of "35 Executives Under 35 To Watch." That was followed by Multichannel News naming him as one of the "Top 40 Executives Under 40."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Weitz has passions include wine, fishing and most importantly celebrating life with his beautiful family, including his wife, Farrah, and their daughters, Sydney and Emerson.