Netflix Cancels Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj as Late Night Struggles Continue

Weekly series ends after almost 2-year run

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Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj aired 39 episodes in all, ending its run on June 26. Netflix
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With 193 million and counting global subscribers, Netflix has managed to find success in nearly every TV genre—but there’s still one format that continues to elude the streamer: late night.

The streaming service has canceled its latest late-night series, Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj, announced today by Minhaj on Twitter.

“What a run. @patriotact has come to an end. I got to work with the best writers, producers, researchers and animators in the game,” the former Daily Show correspondent, who was the first Indian-American host of a weekly comedy show, tweeted.

Netflix confirmed the series was ending but did not release a statement.

The cancellation sends Netflix back to the drawing board in its efforts to mount its own hit late-night series that can hold its own alongside shows from Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, James Corden, Samantha Bee and Conan O’Brien.

Two years ago, a few months before Patriot Act debuted, Netflix had pulled the plug on a pair of late-night shows from Michelle Wolff and Joel McHale.

The streamer had hoped to turn its fortunes around with Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj, which premiered in October 2018 with a 32-episode order. Netflix aired 39 episodes in all, in six cycles, with the last episode debuting on June 26. The episodes will continue to be available on Netflix.

Patriot Act is far from the only show that has struggled in the space in the past few years. In addition to Wolff and McHale’s series, other short-lived late-night shows include E!’s Busy Tonight (the Busy Philipps show was canceled in May 2019 after a six-month run) and BET’s The Rundown With Robin Thede, which ended in July 2018.

In April, Comedy Central canceled Lights Out With David Spade after just nine months. That was the network’s third failed attempt at finding a companion series to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, following The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, pulled after nine months, and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, which ended after 18 months.

Patriot Act’s end also means that the late-night space—often criticized for its lack of diversity—will once again be largely lily white, at least until Peacock debuts a pair of new weekly late-night shows this fall, both featuring Black hosts.

Larry Wilmore’s show, as of now untitled, will center on high-profile interviews that discuss current events, including sports, politics, entertainment and the election. And The Amber Ruffin Show will showcase Ruffin, a standout writer and performer on Late Night With Seth Meyers.


@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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