At first glance, Totally Biased's set comes off as pedestrian. A brick wall that's too well-manicured, graffiti manufactured solely for the sake of being graffiti. It all seems like forced shorthand for "the street," like instead of a half hour of social politics, W. Kamau Bell is about to record a twelve-minute video telling middle schoolers in the late nineties not to do drugs.
But as one gets more familiar with the show, that set stops being a caricature and instead becomes something genuine. Sure, it's still far too well-lit for its own good, but over the past year or so, Bell and his cohorts took that facsimile of coolness [...]
In early September, FX's weekly late night show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, moved to new sister network FXX and started airing four nights a week, but Deadline observes that the show's ratings have plummeted since the transition, making it the lowest rated late night show on cable this week. On Monday night, Totally Biased had only 12,000 total viewers, and 3,000 in the 18-49 demographic. The second lowest cable late night night show in the 18-49 audience was Pete Holmes Show, which had 245,000.
Totally Biased was earning decent and stable ratings while airing weekly on FX, but the move to the new network may be [...]
FXX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell recently transitioned to four nights a week, and here's Bell's interview with Chris Rock, who executive produces the show, last night. It's basically Chris Rock doing standup about The Butler, Arsenio, networks not giving unknown black comedians talk shows like they do for unknown white comedians, and Syria, with him talking a little about the likelihood of a Chris Rock/Dave Chappelle Watch the Throne tour at the end.
On Monday, September 2, FX Networks will debut its brand new comedy-skewed channel, FXX. For all the comedy that exists on television these days, no cable channel has launched with the specific intention of focusing on comedy since The Comedy Channel and Ha! merged into Comedy Central back in 1991. (Adult Swim was designated a separate network from the Cartoon Network in 2005 for ratings purposes, but still shares channel space.) Other networks like TBS and IFC have drifted into comedy-centric programming over time, slowly building original content amid reruns of acquired sitcoms and sketch shows. FX has followed that path as well, finding its first original [...]