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TBS renews Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ for 2017 season

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Time Warner Inc’s U.S. cable network TBS has renewed its late-night satirical comedy series “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” for a second season next year, moving the show to a new night.

“Full Frontal,” which premiered in February, is the only late-night show hosted by a woman on U.S. television, as the industry faces criticism for its lack of diversity.

The late-night slot, popular with younger viewers that appeal to advertisers, has seen several channels launch new shows in the past two years.

TBS is moving the show from Monday to Wednesday, beginning Jan. 11.

The cable network said the show currently averages 3.3 million viewers for each episode, which includes DVR and video-on-demand viewing.

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That makes “Full Frontal” one of the three highest-rated late-night shows on U.S. TV this quarter among adults 18 to 49, the demographic most attractive to advertisers. The network said it is outpacing its own third-quarter ratings in that demographic by 37 percent.

“In less than a year, Sam has become one of the most talked-about personalities in all of television and Full Frontal’s audience continues to grow,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming at TBS, in a statement.

Bee was lauded for her coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election by media critics as TBS invested more airtime to her with special live shows during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the presidential debates and the night after the election. Many of these special episodes aired on Wednesday nights.

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Donald Trump was one of Bee’s most frequent targets, as the late-night host ridiculed the Republican candidate for misogynist and racist statements during his campaign. Along with HBO’s John Oliver and NBC’s Seth Meyers, Bee looks likely to be one of Trump’s fiercest critics after he takes office.

“I am only sorry that this renewal leaves me unavailable for a cabinet position in the new administration,” Bee said in a tongue-in-cheek statement. “I will, however, be available to host the White House Correspondents Dinner, seeing as I already bought the dress.” (Reporting by Tim Baysinger; Editing by Anna Driver and Bill Rigby)


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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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Internet piles on ABC reporter for lavishing praise on Trump for allowing press to ask questions

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ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.

Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.

"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.

She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.

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‘Trump wants to start a race war’: Ex-advisor alleges his campaign planned ‘Send her Back’ chants

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President Donald Trump is attempting to start a race war in America, a long-time advisor declared on MSNBC on Saturday evening.

Omarosa Manigault Newman was interviewed by Donny Deutsch on "Saturday Night Politics."

"You said could it happen here? It is happening here," Newman told Deutsch.

"As a woman of color watching him attack those four women, it made it very clear that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy," she said.

"And everyone has been kind of tiptoeing what this actually is. Donald Trump wants to start a race war in this country and it started at that rally — it started with the tweets," she said.

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