Bad news made its away across the late night TV landscape last week with the announcement that truTV was not renewing The Chris Gethard Show for another season. According to Chris in a lengthy post on Facebook, there was a meeting of the minds at truTV where the execs told the host of the most unique talk show in the history of late night, that they were picking up a vibe from him that he did not want to continue with the show. Chris Gethard wrote that he confirmed their feelings and from there, both sides decided to mutually part ways. Chris, who has some of the most loyal fans in comedy, also let his fan base know the news via a tweet.
The Chris Gethard Show is no more. Thank you all for watching. I am a lucky human being who got to go on the best roller coaster ride of all time. THANK YOU to everyone who has supported TCGS and made my life what it is. More info and thoughts at https://t.co/DENN4I6hVD
— Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) August 6, 2018
Also missing in action is “Conan” on TBS. Team Coco is continuing its summer sabbatical this week, so while Conan O’Brien is taking a vacation from his problems, he’ll be re-airing his “Conan Without Borders” specials all week long. Conan’s international repeats start on Monday with Conan in Mexico, then Israel on Tuesday, Wednesday features “Pearl of the Antilles”, Haiti and then finally on Thursday, it’s a revisit of Conan’s trip to Italy.
This week’s highlights include director Spike Lee appearing on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Monday night. The Academy Award nominated director (who also was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2016) will be sitting down with Trevor Noah to talk about his brand new comedy “BlacKkKlansman” which opened this past weekend and was given an “A-” CinemaScore from audiences on Friday.
On Wednesday, Jerrod Carmichael will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Jerrod hasn’t really been in the comedy spotlight since his series, “The Carmichael Show” was cancelled by NBC and since his 2017 HBO comedy special, “Jerrod Carmichael: 8.” However, he has been busy behind the camera as an executive producer on the upcoming sitcom “Rel” starring the hilarious Lil Rel Howery. “Rel” premieres this fall on September 9th on FOX.
Be sure to set your DVRs on Wednesday because it’s a “Watch One & Record One” type of night where you have to decide if you’re going to watch one late night show live and record another one, so you don’t miss anything. You’ll want to see the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night as well as JKL. Fallon, who has been a champion for stand up comedians by providing air time to some of the best working comics in the country, lends his stage to Dusty Slay on Wednesday. Dusty recently performed in Montreal as part of the 2018 Just For Laughs New Faces: Unrepped showcase and now is getting another incredible opportunity in his career when he appears on the Tonight Show.
Also, Saturday Night Live‘s news team from Weekend Update, Colin Jost and Michael Che will be on the Tonight Show Wednesday evening as well. Jost & Che are currently prepping for their hosting duties when they emcee the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. The Emmys will be awarded on September 17th and will air on NBC.
Thursday, two great comedy execs will be doing guest spots in late night. On Late Night, comedy producer and writer Matt Groening who created “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” will be Seth Meyer’s guest and over on CBS, the premiere comedy producer, director and writer working today, Judd Apatow will be on the Late Late Show with James Corden.
Finally on Friday, if your favorite part of the Tonight Show is the monologue and not Beer Pong, The Whisper Challenge or the giant Slapjack hands, Friday is for you. Jimmy Fallon will be doing a best-of-week clip show with a brand new monologue added to the front end of the show. Most late night talk show hosts don’t even work on Fridays, so let’s all appreciate that extra 8 minutes from Fallon.