The Rundown with Robin Thede

The Rundown with Robin Thede was an American late-night talk show and variety television program that premiered on October 12, 2017, on BET. The show was hosted by comedian and writer Robin Thede, the former head writer and correspondent on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. On July 25, 2018, it was announced that BET had canceled the series.

The Rundown with Robin Thede
Created byRobin Thede
Directed byAndré Allen
Presented byRobin Thede
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • John Skidmore
  • Genevieve Aniello
Production locationsCBS Broadcast Center,
New York City, New York
Running time20 minutes
Production companies
  • For Better or Words Inc.
  • Enterprises Inc.
  • Jax Media
Original networkBET
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 12, 2017 (2017-10-12) –
April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)
External links
Official website


The Rundown with Robin Thede saw comedian Robin Thede's "take on the week's headlines in politics and pop culture with a fast-paced, no-holds-barred show that featured social commentary, sketch comedy and pop culture parodies."[1]



Thede was a head writer and performer on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.[2] From 2015–16, she was the head writer for the first season and a half of The Nightly Show, the first African-American woman to hold that position on any late-night talk show.[3]


Two weeks after The Nightly Show was canceled in August 2016, Thede partnered with production company Jax Media to produce an independently financed pilot for a weekly show that would integrate her comedic takes on headlines with sketches, musical performances, and documentary-style segments. Soon thereafter, Chris Rock became involved in the production, the pilot was produced, and it was quickly sold to BET.[4]

On April 26, 2017, it was announced that BET had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of 24 episodes. Executive producers were reported to include Robin Thede, Chris Rock, and Tony Hernandez.[1] On July 25, 2018, it was announced that BET had declined to renew the series for a second season, effectively canceling it.[5]


The show had a podcast aftershow, entitled The Ran-down, that was released every Thursday after an episode airs on television. Each episode of the podcast featured a surprise celebrity guest, something the television show didn't feature often due to time constraints.[6]


No.Original air dateGuest(s)Musical/entertainment guest(s)
1October 12, 2017 (2017-10-12)N/ADuckwrth
In a cold open sketch, Robin attempts to pick-up a black Trump supporter. The night's rundown topics Eminem's freestyle rap The Storm, Chris Foerster's resignation from the Miami Dolphins following the release of a video of him snorting cocaine, the failed arrest of Yaroub Assad, the firing of a newly-hired firefighter after he brought a watermelon with him to his first day at work at a primarily black fire station, and Jemele Hill's suspension at ESPN. Robin also takes a look at CTE's effect on football players.
2October 19, 2017 (2017-10-19)N/AJhene Aiko
3October 26, 2017 (2017-10-26)N/AN/A
4November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)N/AN/A
5November 9, 2017 (2017-11-09)N/AN/A
6November 16, 2017 (2017-11-16)N/AN/A
7November 30, 2017 (2017-11-30)N/ARapsody
8December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)N/AN/A
9December 14, 2017 (2017-12-14)N/AN/A
10December 21, 2017 (2017-12-21)N/ALecrae
11January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)N/AN/A
12January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)N/AN/A
13January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25)N/AN/A
14February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)N/ASt. Beauty
15February 8, 2018 (2018-02-08)N/AN/A
16February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15)N/AN/A
17March 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)N/ARavyn Lenae
18March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)N/AN/A
19March 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)N/AN/A
20March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)N/ALeikeli47
21March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)Jussie SmollettN/A
22April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)N/ALion Babe
The night's rundown topics include Michael Rapaport's comments to Kenya Moore on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, protests by teachers in regards to education funding across the United States, Donald Trump's attack on Amazon in relation to the United States Postal Service, and an Arizona mother's tazing of her son when he refused to go to church. Robin also takes a look at Black home ownership and Trump's decision to place the National Guard on the US-Mexican border.
23April 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)Mablean EphriamN/A
The night's rundown topics include Mark Zuckerberg's testimony in front of Congress, Paul Ryan's announcement of his retirement, and Nicolle Rochelle's protest outside of Bill Cosby's trial. Robin also takes a look at the federal judge nominations Donald Trump has made and submits judge Mablean Ephriam to a mock confirmation hearing. She also takes an in-depth look at the undertreatment of pain for black patients by doctors.
24April 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)Erika AlexanderLecrae, Rapsody, and Leikeli47
The night's rundown topics include the arrest of two black men at a Starbucks in Philadelphia and Kendrick Lamar's receipt of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Robin also takes a look at the Black women running for elected office in the United States in 2018.


The Rundown with Robin Thede met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, its sole season holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 9 out of 10 based on 5 reviews.[7] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 78 out of 100 based on 4 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]


  1. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (April 26, 2017). "Robin Thede to Host Chris Rock-Produced BET Late-Night Talk Show (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "In The Writer's Room, One Woman Quietly Makes Late Night History". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "'Nightly Show' writer Robin Thede makes impassioned plea to diversify television". Entertainment Weekly. June 7, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (April 10, 2018). "A New Day in Late Night: Women Make Their Mark in Competitive Field". Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (July 25, 2018). "'The Rundown With Robin Thede' Canceled By BET". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 11, 2017). "BET's New Late-Night Host Robin Thede Won't Talk Trump 24/7". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Rundown with Robin Thede: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Rundown with Robin Thede: Season 1 - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved April 14, 2018.

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