It's the end of the road for Tosh.0, at least on its current network. It has been revealed that Comedy Central has canceled the long-running clip show, hosted by comedian Daniel Tosh. The upcoming season 12 will serve as its last at its current home. Though it may still find life elsewhere as ViacomCBS, which produces the show, is going to shop the show to networks and streaming services.
Tosh.0 will conclude its run on Comedy Central as the network's longest-running, weekly live-action show. Season 12 is set to premiere on September 15, which will bring the show past the 300 episode mark. The move comes as Comedy Central is making a larger push toward animation. Daniel Tosh, in a tongue-in-cheek statement, had this to say about the unexpected cancelation.
"I look forward to doing an animated reboot of my show on MTV in 25 years."
The decision to cancel the show is surprising for several reasons. Not only has Tosh.0 become a mainstay of the network, but Comedy Central handed out a huge four-season, 80 episode renewal to the program back in January. On top of that, they signed Daniel Tosh to an overall deal. So the decision to cancel those seasons just months after expanding the scope of the network's partnership with Tosh is perplexing. Comedy Central heads of originals Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen had this to say at the time of the renewal.
"It is a testament to Daniel's creative genius and expertise as a producer that he can keep a series thriving for 16 seasons while juggling stand-up projects, touring, and new-series development. Through this Tosh.0 extension and first-look deal with Daniel, we are excited to keep working with him for years to come."
That statement very much makes it sound like they were hoping to stay in the Daniel Tosh business. For now, Tosh and ViacomCBS will have the option to seek a new home for the show. With the glut of services on the market now, including Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock and more, not to mention all of the potential cable networks that could make a good fit, it would seem the show has a decent chance of getting picked up elsewhere.
The cancelation comes just after it was revealed that Drunk History was also axed by the network after six seasons. For now, Comedy Central's only remaining live-action original series is Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens. The shift to adult animation comes as the industry, at large, is contending with production issues brought on by the current situation in the world. Since animation can be produced remotely, it is, in some ways, more appealing at the moment.
Tosh.0 originally debuted in 2009. Tosh produces the show alongside Charlie Siskel, Nick Malis and Christie Smith. During its run, it was the second biggest show on Comedy Central, trailing only South Park. This news was previously reported by Deadline.