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- FX BRAKES THE 'NEWS' Grego, Melissa // Daily Variety;8/6/2001, Vol. 272 Issue 46, p1
Reports on the changes to the comedy series 'Bad News, Mr. Swanson' by cabler FX in the United States. Replacement of actor Frank Whaley in the lead; Number of episodes committed by the network; Employment of helmer Dean Parisot to direct the pilot; Factor driving the decision to rework the series.
- ON THE HORIZON: COMEDY CENTRAL. Bergman, Anne // Daily Variety;11/28/2000, Vol. 269 Issue 60, pA12
Focuses on the comedy programs of cable network Comedy Central in the United States. Contribution of 'South Park' and 'Absolutely Fabulous; Storyline of 'Family First'; Focus of the 'Mirrorball.'
- Old comedies get new format. Spring, Greg // Electronic Media;05/10/99, Vol. 18 Issue 19, p34
Reports that a consortium of television stations is negotiating with Paramount Domestic Television to pick up a package of up-converted classic television sitcoms.
- Comedy Central shows. // Electronic Media;05/12/97, Vol. 16 Issue 20, p28
States that there will be an additional five series in the summer of 1997 to the `Comedy Central' cable television network. Reason for additional series.
- USA Network lightens up. Hall, Lee // Electronic Media;08/16/99, Vol. 18 Issue 33, p8
Reports on cable television network USA Network's plan to broadcast a comedy television program. Details of the planned program `Brown Parcels of Land'; Background on the network's reputation as a broadcaster of drama programs.
- LIFETIME MAKING ROOM FOR ORIGINAL LAFFERS. Grego, Melissa // Daily Variety;03/30/2001, Vol. 271 Issue 23, p4
Reports on Lifetime Television's efforts to develop original television comedies for airing in the United States in 2002. Lifetime's success in developing original dramas; Overview of the comedy projects being developed by the network.
- Friday U.K.'s laff night. Boehm, Erich // Variety;01/05/98, Vol. 369 Issue 8, p48
Discusses the quality and popularity of comic programs being shown on Great Britain's BBC2 and Channel 4 (C4) every Friday. BBC2's homegrown comedies like `Shooting Stars,' `The Fast Show,' and `Have I Got News For You'; C4's American situation comedies such as `Friends,' `Ellen' and `Frasier';...
- Comedy eyes late slot for Attell. Stark, Steven J. // Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;2/6/2001, Vol. 366 Issue 43, p6
Reports on Comedy Central network's development of a pilot with veteran comic Dave Attell about living the stand-up comedy life. Possible part of the network's late-night programming initiative; Network's attempt to expand its original programming; Pilots included in Comedy Central's late-night...
- Comedy Plans Weekend Late-Night Block. Moss, Linda // Multichannel News;11/20/2000, Vol. 21 Issue 47, p16
Reports that United States cable television network Comedy Central will launch in 2001 a weekend late-night block of original programming. Approval of projects for four potential series; Plans to use the slot to test riskier, more cutting-edge comedy programming.