or


[01/05/05 - 12:00 AM]
Comedy Central Firms Up 2005 Slate, Premieres
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- Comedy Central is banking on a massive original slate for 2005 as the network has confirmed most of its plans for the year ahead.

Already on tap this month is a new season of "Crank Yankers" (Wednesday, January 12 at 9:00/8:00c) as well as the launch of the new game show "Distraction" (Tuesday, January 18 at 10:30/9:30c). The cable channel also plans to rebroadcast the Showtime special "George Lopez: Why You Crying?" on Sunday, January 30 (time TBA).

February sees the ninth season debut of its Friday night stand-up series "Comedy Central Presents" (February 18) not to mention rebroadcasts of the short-lived Showtime series "Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza" (Sunday, February 20).

Then in March look for the premiere of season nine of "South Park" (Wednesday, March 9 at 10:00/9:00c) as well as the latest "The Comedy Central Roast" featuring Jeff Foxworthy on Sunday, March 20 (time TBA).

Next up in April is the limited series premiere of "The Hollow Men" on Thursday, April 7 (time TBA) featuring the popular U.K. comedy group of the same name. Also due in April is "Con," which stars comedian Skyler Stone ("Stuck on You") as he cons his way through life, pulling off elaborate stunts for his own benefit. The network recently gave the series an eight-episode order with Stone, Rick de Olivera, Matt Sloan, Chris Cox, Chris Bender and JC Spink executive producing.

In May, look for the one-hour stand-up special "D.L. Hughley: Shocked and Appalled" (Sunday, May 15) as the potential precursor to Hughley's late-night talk show for the network.

This summer then sees the launch of "Stella," from the "Wet Hot American Summer" team of Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain. The trio will write, star and executive produce the series (which is based on their popular stage show), about three unemployed guys thrown into absurd situations. 10 episodes of "Stella" were recently commissioned by the cable channel.

Also on due in 2005 are new seasons of "Reno 911," "Drawn Together" and "Chappelle's Show."

In addition, several movies will make their network premieres this year including "Out Cold" (Sunday, January 9), "Death To Smoochy" (Sunday, January 16), "Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Rides Again" (Sunday, February 13), "Juwanna Mann" (Sunday, March 13) and "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" (Sunday, April 3).

And that's just the beginning. Nearly a dozen projects are also in the works for potential 2005 bows (read the story) featuring such talent as Jamie Kennedy, Norm Macdonald, Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Adam Carolla and Tom Hanks. Of said group, only "The Hollywood Show" has been confirmed as not making the cut so far.





  [january 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· CHAPPELLE'S SHOW (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· CON, THE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· CRANK YANKERS (MTV2)
· DISTRACTION (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· DRAWN TOGETHER (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· HAPPY GAME FUN BOMB (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· HOLLOW MEN, THE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· HOLLYWOOD SHOW, THE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· JAMIE FOXX PRESENTS LAFFAPALOOZA (SHOWTIME)
· RENO 911 (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· SHOWBIZ SHOW WITH DAVID SPADE, THE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· SOUTH PARK (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· STELLA (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· TAKE IT TO THE BITCH HOUSE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· TOO LATE WITH ADAM CAROLLA (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· UNTITLED JAMIE KENNEDY PROJECT (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· UNTITLED NORM MACDONALD PROJECT (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· WEEKENDS AT THE DL (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· WE'RE IN THE BAND (COMEDY CENTRAL)





[02/25/17 - 08:43 AM]
ABC Wins Friday with "Shark Tank" as the #1 Show for the 6th Week Running
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, February 24.

[02/25/17 - 08:30 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Edges Out Competition in Adults 18-49
"Shark Tank" sparks another demo victory for the Alphabet.

[02/25/17 - 08:26 AM]
"Grimm" Matches Its 18-49 High Since the Show's Season Premiere
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, February 24.

[02/25/17 - 07:04 AM]
Video: BBC America Releases "Doctor Who" New Companion Trailer
Peter Capaldi (the Doctor) will be joined this season by Pearl Mackie (new companion Bill) and Matt Lucas (assistant Nardole), with guest appearances from David Suchet and Michelle Gomez.

[02/24/17 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 24
Updates include: Freddie Highmore is ABC's "Good Doctor"; Cress Williams to play title role in The CW's "Black Lightning"; and Matt Czuchry cast in FOX's "The Resident."

[02/24/17 - 04:46 PM]
The Second Season of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" Will Premiere Wednesday, March 8
The series will replace newcomer "Doubt" in the 10:00/9:00c hour.

[02/24/17 - 03:13 PM]
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon and More Announced as Final Slate of 89th Oscars(R) Presenters
Also on tap: Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.

[02/24/17 - 01:09 PM]
E! Exclusive Premiere of "Fifty Shades of Grey" to Air Sunday, March 5 at 7:30 PM ET/PT
The telecast will be followed by the debut of the network's second scripted series "The Arrangement."

[02/24/17 - 11:38 AM]
Platinum-Selling Artists Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello to Perform at "Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards"
Hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, the show will air live on Saturday, March 11 from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles.

[02/24/17 - 10:11 AM]
Animated Adult Television Series "Animals.," Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, from Duplass Brothers Productions, Returns for Its Second Season March 17, Exclusively on HBO
The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

[02/24/17 - 10:04 AM]
Video: The Story of "The Handmaid's Tale"
The 10-episode first season premieres Wednesday, April 26 on Hulu.

[02/24/17 - 09:30 AM]
Tracy Morgan Comes to Netflix with All-New Stand-Up Comedy Special Launching Tuesday, May 16th
Tracy Morgan's "Staying Alive" finds the comedy icon exploring his fresh take on life, career and mortality in the wake of surviving a devastating near-fatal traffic collision in 2014.

[02/24/17 - 09:30 AM]
BBC America's London East End Drama, "Ripper Street," Returns for Its Final Season on March 8
The powerful closing chapter picks up mere days after the grisly death of Detective Inspector Bennet Drake, which reunites his old friends, Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, surgeon Captain Homer Jackson and "Long" Susan Hart, to bring his murderer to justice.

[02/24/17 - 08:42 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Hangs Onto Demo Crown
A new "Grey's Anatomy" sparks another victory for the Alphabet among adults 18-49.

[02/24/17 - 08:30 AM]
Showtime(R) Celebrates "Twin Peaks" Day, Unveiling Dual Key Art
One poster depicts Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), whose mysterious death sparked the "Twin Peaks" saga, while the other showcases series star Kyle MacLachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper.