Netflix comedy shows hosted by Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale drew much interest upon arrival, but are leaving quietly.
The streaming service isn’t going ahead with second seasons of “The Break with Michelle Wolf” or “The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.”
“The Break,” a topical, often political show, was greeted with fanfare and curiosity, premiering just a month after Wolf’s scathing performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April.
Wolf’s program drew media attention as she pushed comedy outrage buttons (including one episode comparing Ivanka Trump to herpes), but apparently it didn’t have a similar pull with viewers.
“Community” star McHale, who drew a fan following with his sardonic humor on “Talk Soup,” offered an alternative take on that format with “The Joel McHale Show,” focusing more on reality TV over celebrity news.
The decision not to go ahead with a second season of McHale may be a bit surprising, since the streaming service ordered an additional six episodes after the show’s 13-episode launch in March.
Netflix’s current comedy talk shows include Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.”
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