Bad, if not completely unsurprising news from the glittering world of US basic cable TV.

Comedy Central has saw it fit to bring the axe down on ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,’ after a little over 18 months on the air.

Wilmore’s panel series that focused largely on creating entertaining and comedically-bent dialogue from issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality was a critical darling in the months following its debut as a replacement for ‘The Colbert Report‘, but audience approval has always been lacking.

The show’s lagging ratings persisted to the point where, now, Comedy Central has seen fit to put an end to the leaking. The cancellation comes as the network navigates a difficult late-night period in its post-Stewart/Colbert era, with Trevor Noah‘s iteration of ‘The Daily Show‘ also struggling to find its feet.

Wilmore’s series was the first new show of the revamped US late night lineup, that underwent a major reshuffling in the wake of Jon Stewart‘s departure from ‘The Daily Show,’ David Letterman‘s retirement, and Craig Ferguson‘s subsequent vacating of the ‘Late Late Show‘ host’s chair.

The show, which aired locally on The Comedy Channel, will wrap for good at the end of the week, leaving a gaping hole in Comedy Central’s schedule that will be temporarily filled by Chris Hardwick‘s endlessly entertaining internet jokes show ‘@Midnight,’ which will temporarily go to ‘@11:30pm.’

In a statement, Wilmore expressed his gratitude for having been given the chance to host, but also shock and sadness that the show won’t be able to stick around for the US Presidential Election (or the “Unblackening” as they’ve been referring to it).

“I’m really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity. But I’m also saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election or ‘The Unblackening’ as we’ve coined it. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening to my time slot as well.”

Comedy Central is already developing a series with regular Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper as the lead which could fill the void left by ‘The Nightly,‘ but if you ask us there’s also a certain 2 Dope Queens who’d fucking crush it on their own panel/sketch/dear-god-just-turn-the-cameras-on-and-let-em-go show.

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Source: Variety.