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Patrick Bromley

Whitney Cummings' Love You, Mean It is Over

By February 15, 2013

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Whitney CummingsI hope you all enjoyed it while it lasted.

After a little less than four months and 12 episodes on the air, the E! network has pulled the plug on Whitney Cummings' weekly late-night talk show, Love You, Mean It. It's been reported by Deadline that production on the series has stopped, and that last week's episode is the last that's ever going to air. Not much by way of a sendoff, but I guess a show that's only been on 12 times probably hasn't earned much more than that.

Obviously, the ratings were not what E! had hoped, but why do you suppose that is? Chelsea Handler's talk show Chelsea Lately is a huge hit for E!, featuring a similar format and fronted by a vulgar, smart-ass female comic (Handler's production company was responsible for getting Love You, Mean It on the air, so at least we know she endorsed the copycat). Were the similarities just too great? Could E! not support more than one of the same kind of show? Or do people just prefer Handler to Cummings?

As far as I know, Cummings' NBC sitcom Whitney hasn't received any official cancellation notice (and, with NBC being in the shape it's in, it has a good shot at making it on for at least another half season), but it never took off the way anyone was hoping. At least 2 Broke Girls, on which Cummings is a creator and consultant, is killing it over at CBS. Cummings went from having three shows on the air to possibly only having one, and it's the one on which she doesn't appear on camera. Take that how you will.

I am in no way rooting for nor celebrating the failure of Cummings' talk show, though I will admit that I'm not that broken up that another show in which people sit around and make fun of things won't be continuing. It's nothing against Cummings, who I'm sure was very good on the show. It's that I can do without that format.

Don't worry about Whitney Cummings. She'll land on her feet. She has tons of CBS money. She has a successful stand-up career. And, if nothing else, she can always go back to doing the Comedy Central Roasts. Just don't tell Amy Schumer.

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