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It had been a little while since Netflix cancelled one of their original series. Unfortunately, that just changed, with the news that the streaming giant has added The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale to its exclusive list of casualties. That's right. Roughly six months since its premiere, Netflix has decided to stop serving the former Soup host's latest talk show outing. And that is not the only talk show that Netflix has decided to end.
Netflix has also cancelled The Break With Michelle Wolf. The former Daily Show contributor's weekly chat-fest met its end quicker than The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. Having premiered in May, Netflix cancelled Michelle Wolf's series with around three months under its belt, giving it half the time Joel McHale's show had. McHale and Wolf join Chelsea Handler in having hosted short-lived talk shows on Netflix.
The good news is that since both series are on Netflix, prospective viewers can still check out the episodes that were produced. Given the topical aspect of these type of series, watching for archival purposes can sometimes prove futile, although comedy should be effective regardless of time. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale utilized much of what made The Soup popular with pop culture coverage amidst a green screen.
Despite the similarities to his former E! show, Joel McHale said he was not worried about what the network thought about his Netflix show. With The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale and The Break With Michelle Wolf cancelled per THR, it puts an added spotlight on Netflix's attempt to conquer the format.
While Netflix has found success with its scripted dramas and comedies, having a successful swell of late-night talk shows has eluded the streamer for now. Given the nature of Netflix's popular appeal lying prominently in binge-watching multiple episodes at once, the format of a weekly talk show has not quite managed to fit into Netflix's overall brand. The streamer is not backing down from attempting to corner the talk show genre though.
If a topical talk show made it on Netflix, you would think Joel McHale would have as strong a shot as any. He hosted The Soup to great success, and he is a prominent fixture in the acting world. Among his acting roles is a gig on the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet. So, fans of the actor do not have to worry that Netflix will be McHale-less, any time soon.