Netflix Cancels ‘Joel McHale Show’ and ‘Break with Michelle Wolf’


Not the news you would want to hear if you’re a fan of either/both Netflix‘s talk shows The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale and The Break with Michelle Wolf.

Chelsea Handler’s talk show, Chelsea, was last year cancelled after two seasons and now Joel McHale and Michelle Wolf’s efforts haven’t proven successful either.

The Joel McHale Show kicked off in February to a relatively quiet run, with thirteen episodes released as one per week and then another six arriving. The angle was to poke fun at pop culture and news from across the globe. The show’s various guest stars included Kevin Hart, Alison Brie, Kristen Bell, Drew Barrymore, Joe Manganiello, Seth Rogen and Jack Black.

Michelle Wolf began her show following her headline-making hosting gig at the White House Correspondents Dinner, where she ensured a number of guests were in for one uncomfortable night. Alas, while there was a decent bit of controvery and attention stirred up after that dinner, it didn’t lead to enough of an audience for her Netflix show. Guest stars on The Break included Hannibal Buress and Seth Meyers.

Since it’s Netflix, no ratings data has been released, but Deadline reports the expected reason for cancellation: “neither show drew enough viewership to secure a renewal.”

Netflix still has unscripted shows Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld and My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with former late night host David Letterman, and there are new ones on the way.  Comedian and former Daily Show senior correspondent Hasan Minhaj will be hosting variety show The Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj, which will “explore the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity” from October 28, Jimmy Carr has a comedy panel show on the way that he’ll helming with Katherine Ryan and D.L. Hughley titled The Fix, and Norm Macdonald has a show titled… Norm Macdonald Has a Show.


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