'The Pete Holmes Show' Canceled Because Relevancy Doesn't Always Equal Viewers
Apparently, there's just not enough room on late night television. TBS has canceled The Pete Holmes Show after two seasons, despite acknowledging that Holmes is a super talented and relevant comedian. But relevancy and hilarity do not always equal high viewership numbers.
The show has run for more than 70 episodes as a late night companion to Conan O'Brien's Conan, which recently got the opposite treatment with an extension until 2018. The network commented that they do support Holmes and admire his work, it just... wasn't working out, ya know? In other words: numbers, numbers, numbers.
TBS released a statement that said:
We recognize Pete as one of the most relevant comedians working today [...] We loved the show and gave it two chances. We just couldn't draw the audience needed to justify a third round. We hope we'll get to work with him again.
Late night television has become a tougher field to play in, especially with Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers drawing in tons of viewers. Plus, Stephen Colbert's addition to the basic cable mix as the new host of The Late Show will make the competition even stiffer. It's no wonder Holmes got the boot.
But just because a comedian loses a television show doesn't mean he or she needs to fade from our pop culture conscience! Here's hoping we'll see even more of Holmes's material soon.