'Drunk History' Canceled at Comedy Central After 6 Seasons

August 20, 2020

We won’t be raising a glass to this news.

After renewing “Drunk History” for a 16-episode seventh season last August, Comedy Central is walking back its decision.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the sixth season of the series, which concluded on August 6, will serve as the final one.

The series focused on host Derek Waters and a rotating cast of drunken celebrity guests as they recreated famous events in history. It has been very successful for the network, nabbing 17 Emmy nominations throughout its run, per The New York Post. 

Some memorable guests included Seth Rogen, Kirsten Dunst, Will Ferrell, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The seventh season was already in pre-production when the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to shut down in March.

This led to ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group president Chris McCarthy’s decision to pull the plug on the show as they pursue a new “programming direction” for the network.

Comedy Central will be moving away from live-action scripted shows and focusing on content that includes “adult animation, topical series and comedic made-for-TV feature films.”

The network has already been working towards the new strategy by investing in reboots and revivals of classics such “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “Ren & Stimpy,” and "Daria."

Comedy Central also syndicates classics including “BoJack Horesman,” “King of the Hill,” and “The Cleveland Show.”

After the cancellation, the only remaining live-action comedy is “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.” "South Side” and “The Other Two" have been licensed to rival streamer, HBO Max.

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