Netflix has canceledThe Break With Michelle WolfandThe Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale;neither of the talk shows will make it to a second season. Their brief runs are the latest example of Netflix’s struggle to deliver a show in this format that can draw eyes and maintain regular viewership. The company ended Chelsea Handler’s weekly talk show — its first real foray into the genre — last October after two seasons.Chelseainitially aired three nights each week before moving to a once-weekly schedule.
Each ofThe Break with Michelle Wolf’s10 episodes debuted weekly. The show began streaming in May, not long after Wolf’s controversial and profile-raising performance as host of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. Wolf has served as a contributor and writer onThe Daily Show with Trevor NoahandLate Night with Seth Meyers. She was recently nominated for an Emmy for her HBO specialNice Lady.
The Daily Beastis reporting thatThe Break’s employees heard nothing about its cancelation from Netflix; they only learned of the decision with everyone else when the news started to hit Twitter on Friday.
As for its remaining talk shows, Netflix still has Jerry Seinfeld’sComedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which it stole away from Sony’s Crackle service, andMy Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Both hosts are giants in the comedy world, so those are presumably safe from being canceled anytime soon. Netflix will try yet again to establish a fresh hit with new talk shows this year when it launchesNorm Macdonald Has A Show,Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, and panel-style talk showThe Fixstarring Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan, and D.L. Hughley.