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Samantha Bee’s New Talk Show Will Take on ‘Absurd Injustices,’ Like the Syrian Refugee Crisis

2016 TCA Turner Winter Press Tour Presentation
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Samantha Bee won’t be a “lady behind the desk” on her new TBS series Full Frontal, a talk show that will explore and mock societal inequities. “We want to find comedy in the absurd injustices that are all around us and permeate our society so much that sometimes we forget to notice them,” explained executive producer Jo Miller at the Television Critics Association tour Thursday. Among the topics Bee will satirize? Whether Veterans Affairs hospitals are equipped to handle the medical needs of women now that they are in combat and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Bee also unveiled footage from the show, premiering February 8, that looked a lot like her satirical, “journalistic” work on The Daily Show. She noted that it was shot before her new studio was built, and that the format of the show is still evolving. Unlike The Daily ShowFull Frontal won’t rely on news clips because it airs weekly. It also won’t feature guest interviews — the third act will instead include filmic pieces and sketches that, Bee joked, will be their “world of whimsy.”

Samantha Bee Show to Take on ‘Absurd Injustices’