The Showtime late-night talk show Ziwe is canceled after only two seasons. This is one of the many changes for the transition from Showtime content to Paramount+. Paramount executive Chris McCarthy has a vision for Paramount+, and the late-night talk show isn’t part of it. McCarthy is focusing efforts on franchises, diverse cultures, and antihero content for the streaming service. He oversees Paramount, MTV, and Comedy Central. The Showtime late-night talk show Ziwe isn’t part of McCarthy’s plans. There will be no late-night talks for Showtime from now on. However, series like Billions, Dexter, and Yellowjackets will continue. The premium cable network canceled The L Word: Generation Q, Let the Right One In, American Gigolo, and Ziwe. Showtime sold Three Women and Ripley off to Starz and Netflix. Only McCarthy knows the direction of Showtime. Ziwe had positive reviews, but it wasn’t enough to save it.
“Ziwe” Could Be Part of the End of An Era of Late-Night Talk Shows
The Late Late Show is ending after James Corden’s departure, and The Daily Show is in limbo. Desus & Mero is over. The Showtime late-night talk show Ziwe is canceled. Late-night talk shows have been part of broadcasting for decades. It’s hard to picture late-night television without them. Ziwe Fumudoh created Ziwe from uncomfortable interviews she’d show on social media. The series she created discussed important subjects like Juneeteenth, Democracy, and Immigration. Guests included Chet Hanks, Wayne Brady, Drew Barrymore, and Phoebe Bridgers. It included skits and some catchy tunes that were related to the themes. It was a different take on interviews and late-night talk shows. The era of late-night talk shows on Showtime has ended. Fumudoh had her guests play uncomfortable games and would ask them uncomfortable questions.
Both seasons of the Showtime late-night talk show Ziwe are available on Showtime (while it still exists).