Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Samantha Bee Goes Weekly on 'Full Frontal'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Samantha Bee Goes Weekly on 'Full Frontal'

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Samantha Bee was funny for 12 years on "The Daily Show." Starting Monday, she'll be funny on her own show, "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," a weekly half-hour satirizing topics in the news and heavy on investigations and field pieces.

So, like what she did on "The Daily Show," only weekly?

"I think it's natural that it would be," Bee says. "Our show is going to have a pretty heavy field element because that was work that I loved doing so much. I'm really passionate about it, and I thought it would be a really interesting and unique thing to keep going."

An early piece shown when TBS introduced the show to TV critics meeting last month in Los Angeles investigated whether the Veterans Administration would be prepared for an influx of female soldiers after women assume full combat roles. "Not surprisingly, the answer is no," Bee says.

But don't expect "Full Frontal" to stop in "Daily Show" territory.

"We are going to broaden the style and try a whole bunch of new things," Bee says. "We shot a whole bunch of stuff in Jordan over Christmas."

Backing Bee up is her show runner, Jo Miller, also a "Daily Show" veteran.

The VA piece was the first thing filmed for the new show, using borrowed equipment, "before our office was actually up and functional and before we had things going," Miller says. "It does look to us a lot like what we did before. But our next one that's in the works, and our next three that are in the works, are going to have a different look."

Likewise, the show won't be all about "women's stuff," Miller says.

Adds Bee: "Women's issues are extremely important to me. It's not going to be the only thing that we talk about on the show, but it's a passion that we definitely will end up delving into."

Bee and Miller didn't want to give away all their upcoming stories, but Bee says a story about the rise of Islamophobia during election cycles is interesting. "We basically have an entire episode devoted to that," she says.

The trip to Jordan will result in "a cultural orientation for Americans in order to better receive the Syrian refugees who are coming to this country, as (refugees) have to do an American cultural orientation in Jordan in order to be resettled. …

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