Netflix cancels 'A Break with Michelle Wolf' and 'The Joel McHale Show'
The cancellation of 'The Break with Michelle Wolf' and 'The Joel McHale Show' shows that Netflix is still finding its way through the comedy content maze
In spite of pushing all the political buttons, 'The Break with Michelle Wolf' could not make the cut for a second season with Netflix. Starring Michelle Wolf, the show premiered on Netflix in May this year. The series is executive produced by Wolf, Dan Powell, Christine Nangle, and Daniel Bodansky. Powell and Nangle also act as showrunners for the series.
At the time of its debut, 'The Break with Michelle Wolf' was much talked about, especially after Wolf's savage set at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April. The show was initially meant to "take a break from the seriousness of late-night comedy".
The show caught the eye of everyone when she caused a controversy when, in one of the episodes, right after facing flak for her April performance, Wolf compared Ivanka Trump to an STD.
"You can’t just casually harass these people, you have to insult them specifically. 'You’re a c***' doesn’t hurt them. It’s on their vision board." She pretended to be speaking to Ivanka and said, "Is your nickname herpes? Because you’re not necessarily the most dangerous person in the administration but you’re very unpleasant, totally incurable and you always show up when we’re about to get f–ked."
She also called her a contraceptive pill, saying, "At first it seemed like it’d be really cool and helpful, but you need to be immediately recalled." This stunt, although got her media attention, couldn't get the show more views. The enthusiasm for political insults fizzled out eventually.
Along with Michelle, 'The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale' also got some bad news.
'The Joel McHale Show' by the former 'Community' star was also shown the door. Although there wasn't any political humor involved with the show focusing more on reality TV over celebrity news, the jokes got old at lightning speed. When the show aired, there were hopes of a second season, after all, Netflix did order an additional six episodes for the talk show which was initially only supposed to be a 13-episode season.
The decision shows that the streaming giant is still finding its way through the comedy content maze. However, the streaming giant has some spectacular specials in its catalogue like 'Hannah Gadsby: Nannette' and is still running Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' and 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.'