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Friday, November 15, 2013

W. Kamau Bell's Totally Biased's Low Ratings Result in Cancellation

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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Bay Area-bred comedian W. Kamau Bell's nightly talk show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, was cancelled this week by FXX. The FX network just launched the spin-off network FXX in September, and this is its first cancellation so far.

The late-night show, produced by Chris Rock, was a hit in its first season, when it aired once a week on the FX network. But as part of the launch of sister network FXX, the powers that be moved Totally Biased to the new network and aired it four nights a week. Not nearly as many cable subscribers have access to FXX, which is now also home to FX emigrants It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League, and some speculate this is the reason for Totally Biased's lower-than-expected ratings and subsequent cancellation. In fact, as Splitsider reports, some nights Bell's show was, sadly, the lowest-rated late-night show on cable. The network itself hasn't commented other than to confirm the news.

Totally Biased was Daily Show-esque, satirical and critical of conservative politics and punditry, and featured interviews, often with other comedians and television personalities, and sketch comedy. Bell honed his comedic persona in the Bay Area (including a stint writing for this very Weekly).

The website for the show doesn't reflect yet the change to the filming schedule, and although the form is still there, it won't let you order tickets to future tapings.

The final episode of Totally Biased will air Sunday on FXX, just in case someone out there gets that channel.

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