Samantha Bee, Full Frontal producer launch Swimsuit Competition production company

Prepare for more Samantha Bee on TV! Or at least more ‘Executive Producer Samantha Bee’ on TV. The Emmy Award-winning host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee announced Monday the formation of her new production company, Swimsuit Competition.

The resounding voice of The Fed Up Feminist is excited to create original series that even she would watch. In a press release, Bee says, “Fine, if none of you are gonna make TV I want to watch, I’ll make it myself.” Exactly what kind of TV that would be remains to be seen.

Joining the TBS host will be producer Kristen Everman as Head of Development. Everman was nominated for two Emmys for her work on Full Frontal’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ dinner” special and The Rundown with Robin Thede. The two are hoping to get ideas from lesser-known voices, people flying under the radar, or those the industry underestimated long ago. And, shockingly, Swimsuit Competition says it is willing to consider working with men.

Bee has found her place at TBS—hosting a late night topical comedy show. Like the creators she wishes to work with, she has often been passed over, overlooked, or rejected from the biggest late night openings. When David Letterman stepped down from Late Night, we thought she might have a shot at the chair. When Stephen Colbert was to move to CBS, we surely thought Comedy Central would give the Daily Show alum the 11:30 slot (which ultimately went to Larry Wilmore and then Jordan Klepper). Craig Ferguson announced he would step down from Late Late Show, so, you know, CBS chose another white guy: James Corden.

Bee has been here, ready to lead her own program, for a very long time. It’s too bad Comedy Central didn’t capitalize on that while she was still there as a Daily Show correspondent. Before the network announced Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s successor at the end of March 2015, TBS already snatched up the comedian to host her own show, which would become Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Since then, her show has received 14 Emmy nomination and Everman’s win for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.

New episodes of Full Frontal’s third season will begin this Wednesday.

Swimsuit Competition has already signed a first-look deal with TBS, so expect to hear much more from these two women. They’re hoping to put the ‘original’ back into ‘original content.’ “If your senior superlative was ‘Most Unaware of His or Her Appeal,’ call us!” says Everman. “Or rather, email us, because honestly voicemails feel kind of rude.”

Billy Procida

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