After two seasons on the air, A Little Late w/Lilly Singh is ending.
The show hosted by the famous Youtuber debuted in 2019 after Carson Daly stepped down from the 1:30 AM timeslot after an impressive 20 year run. After a modest start (and probably due to COVID) the show went through a serious overhaul before season two, ditching the studio instead for a full-scale production in a house, getting rid of a lot of its writing staff in the process. The makeover was unfortunately not enough to save the show.
Despite the show’s cancellation, Singh hasn’t ended her relationship with NBC. She signed a first look producing deal with NBCUniversal where she will develop unscripted projects for the network. Additionally over on Netflix she’s also developing a new scripted comedy series with Kenya Barris.
Toby Gorman, president of Universal TV Alternative Studio, stated “We are thrilled to bring even more laughter to Universal Television Alternative Studio by partnering with Lilly Singh. Time and time again, Lilly has proven herself as a creative visionary and storyteller who captivates and engages audiences. We look forward to seeing what exciting projects come to life for everyone to enjoy.”
Singh herself made a statement on the decision.
Two years ago, I embarked on the wild journey of late night TV. I knew this show was about more than me, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and support. Today, I write to you from a similar place of deep gratitude to share some news.
I’m going to focus on the slate of projects my company Unicorn Island Productions is developing, and we’re saying goodbye to A Little Late with Lilly Singh. I have a desire to make longer form content telling underrepresented stories, which is difficult to execute on a nightly show.
This leads me to two very exciting announcements!!
I’m thrilled to share that NBCUniversal and I have taken the next step in our relationship by signing a first look deal between Universal Television Alternative Studio and Unicorn Island Productions. I’m excited about bringing even more diversity to screen in an even bigger way.
I also get to share the news that I am developing a comedy project with the wonderful folks at Netflix. It will be Executive Produced by the talented Kenya Barris and his team at Khalabo Ink Society, along with writers/executive producers Nell Scovell and Diya Mishra. And ya girl is starring in it!
This is just the beginning; I can’t wait to share more with you but this is all I can tease for now. I’m beyond grateful for your support past, present and future.
And to the Late with Lilly crew, I’m so proud of the progress we made in diversifying late night. We’ve given 21 people their late-night debut this season! That’s pretty incredible and it’s been a true honour.
Additionally, it appears NBC is not looking to replace Singh with another late night host in the 1:30 timeslot. A move that isn’t too surprising, despite Daly’s long tenure, it doesn’t appear to be the biggest biggest moneymaker for the network. Only time will tell…