How ‘Tosh.0’ Finale Marks the End of an Era at Comedy Central

Tim Baysinger
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The finale of “Tosh.0” on Tuesday marks the end of an era for Comedy Central, one that was dominated by talent-driven variety series that helped to launch the careers of Amy Schumer and Jordan Peele. But as the long-running clip show hosted by Daniel Tosh ends its 12-year run, Comedy Central finds itself in a much different world. When “Tosh.O” premiered in June 2009, President-elect Joe Biden was a few months into his tenure as vice president, Netflix was the company that mailed you DVDs and the cable bundle was thriving. Now the cable bundle is leaking like a sieve and streaming dominates the entertainment landscape, as individual networks lose some of their independence. Tuesday was initially not supposed to be the end of “Tosh.0’s” run. In January, Comedy Central ordered an additional four seasons, spanning 80 episodes, of “Tosh.0” and signed the comedian to a first-look deal. But amid executive shuffles and new mandates from ViacomCBS leadership, the network has charted a new path that will succeed or fail based on viewers’ nostalgia for ’90s-era cartoons. Also Read: How TV Animation Survived Mid-Pandemic: Zoom, Puppeteers and Voice Actors in Closets The change in strategy began unfolding late last year...

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