Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show' canceled by Comedy Central
Who's going to "keep it 100" on late night TV now?
The final episode of Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show will air Thursday at 11:30 p.m., bringing an end to the show's brief and sometimes brilliant run on the cable network. Comedy Central's president told the New York Times that the show simply never "resonated."
Wilmore had been a regular on The Daily Show for years during the Jon Stewart era, serving as the show's "senior black correspondent," before The Nightly Show was chosen to fill the timeslot vacated by The Colbert Report when Stephen Colbert departed in 2014 to eventually take over David Letterman's CBS slot.
He brought the same deadpan and brutally honest sensibility to The Nightly Show, where he was one of the first and most outspoken critics of Bill Cosby when his rape allegations resurfaced. He brought attention to voter suppression in Alabama, took aim at Fox News and Bill O'Reilly's tone-deaf, all-white debate on racism, made Bernie Sanders a regular guest and went viral by introducing the world to "Donald's Trump's black supporters."
The show's signature segment, though, was "Keep it 100," when Wilmore would ask panelists extremely uncomfortable hypothetical questions, then immediately critique, to their face, whether they'd "kept it 100" by answering honestly. Questions about the sexual orientation of Jesus, playing in the Super Bowl versus being present for the birth of a child, and who the biggest "trainwreck" they'd worked with was, were some of the best.
Comedy Central will replace The Nightly Show with At Midnight, temporarily, until it announces a new show for the 11:30 p.m. spot.