The past year and a half has been a pretty great time for comedian Whitney Cummings. Despite being mostly known before this time as just someone who attends Comedy Central Roasts and shares some funny lines, she has managed to launch two comedy series (one as a star in “Whitney,” and another in “2 Broke Girls” as a producer), and also scored an E! talk show late last year in “Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings” that was produced by Chelsea Handler (who used to be on NBC alongside Whitney with a comedy of her own).
Sadly for Whitney, the ride already looks to be slowing down. E! confirmed Thursday that “Love You, Mean It” has been pulled thanks to low ratings, and its short run time is less than even “The Jeff Probst Show” or “The Ricki Lake Show,” two programs that aired during the daytime, received.
So why didn’t this show work? The ultimate answer to this question is rather simple: there’s just too much late-night comedy on TV as it is. In addition to this show and “Chelsea Lately,” you have “Conan” on TBS, “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, “Watch What Happens Live!” (which is more of a talk show than comedy) on Bravo, and occasionally “Brand X with Russell Brand” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” This is not even mentioning some of the obvious and high-rated choices that are available daily on the major broadcast networks.
Are you sad at all by this news, or did you even realize that Whitney had a show? “Whitney” is clearly the next show from Cummings that is in serious trouble, whereas “2 Broke Girls” is a smash hit and looks to be safe for a while.