Comedy Central Rescuing Two Canceled Network Comedies

...The return of Stringer Bell! The much-deserving Idris Elba, from The Wire and a stint on The Office, is developing a legal series with a Battlestar Galactica writer. It's about a vigilante lawyer who does what he needs to get his job done and blah blah, legal snooze. But still! Good for Idris. [THR]

...I don't know if there are any fellow Olympics nerds out there, but the rollout to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games is getting started, and it is very exciting. On Nov. 4th NBC will run a one-minute promo for the Games across all of its networks, right when primetime starts. The network will also be airing many of the World Cup events that can determine Winter Olympic participation for many athletes. This could help build up little mini-celebrities and fan favorites going into the Games, which are often populated with unknowns, due to the less-than-scrutinized nature of the bulk of the Winter events. I mean, who among us avidly follows the ski jumping circuit? [THR]

...The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson lost power during a taping last night. Sort of embarrassing for the already low-budge nighttime laffer. Oh no no, calm down crazed commenter, I'm not saying that Craig Ferguson is low-budge. He's great. But his show is a little... bare bones. You can't argue with that. Anyway, he handled the situation with aplomb, as always. [EW]

...Comedy Central is trying to corner the market on canceled network cartoon shows, apparently. They just snapped up Mike "King of the Hill" Judge's The Goode Family for some new episodes, after its very brief run on ABC. The network is also in talks to acquire Sit Down, Shut Up, a school-set comedy that ran very briefly on Fox last season. Both series have good pedigrees, with Judge and Sit creator Mitch Hurwitz, so Comedy Central could be going into business with some really good people. Plus, Cheri Oteri! [Variety]

...The Disney Channel keeps mouse-scurrying further and further into the world of musical comedy. Or rather shows with music and "comedy" in them. Their latest pickup is for a show called Dance Dance Chicago, about a group of Dance Dance Revolution-crazed Japanese kids who are blown up to amazing size by a nuclear accident and attempt to destroy Chicago with their sick dance moves. Well, I wish that's what it was about. It's actually about some kids who work as background dancers on an American Bandstand-esque show. So it's basically American Dreams, only because it's on Disney, cheesier. Yes, cheesier than American Dreams. You didn't think it was possible, but it is. [THR]

...While her first starring-role movie Precious gets crazy Oscar buzz, newcomer Gabourey Sidibe is lining up more work. She may guest in the first episode of Laura Linney's Showtime pilot The C Word, as a troubled teen trying to lose weight. So, not terribly far from the woefully dingy environs of Precious, but it's a start. [Variety]

...Oh, and, yay. Glee has won its first award, for the diversity of its cast. [Variety]

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Disney's a kids network. Its supposed to be cheesy.
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hmmmm good move i think on their part... both shows were never really ideal for their respective channels.

Sit Down Shut Up never made much sense for FOX. And The Goode Family was never going to work on ABC!

But I think Comedy Central should expand their portfolio with a few sit-coms and maybe an hour long comedy per week.... just to vary their schedule abit.

Animated shows and sketch comedies don't make the world turn people!
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I can't help seeing Judge Amy's aide when I think of Idris in the courtroom - they characters (Bell in the Wire & the aide) had that "cool on the outside" thing going... But I mean come on, ANOTHER non-conventional legal show. Where's the imagination? But, as was said - good for Idris.
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that's great news for those who's watching them
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Stringer Bell!!, definitely going to check out that show.
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Yay Olympics! Too bad I barely watch NBC...certainly not on Wednesdays.
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Craig Ferguson is great at improvising. He handled problems on set during a taping with Emily Deschanel a couple weeks ago, really well. He doesn't freak out when there are problems which is good. He finds a funny way to get around them.
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Sit Down, Shut Up has got to the worst tv show anyone ever let on tv I'm surprised they are letting it back on tv! At least its on comedy central and not abc taking up room! The show has cartoon characters set in a real life background, talk about being lazy and cheap for a show! The Goode Family has had some good episodes the dog that the family tries to make a vegetarian is hilarious that show just depends on how well the next few episodes are written
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This is definitely going to make me watch Comedy Central for more than just the occasional new episode of South Park or a Futurama related event (the movies) Yay! The Goode Family was fantastic and I never quite got the chance to appreciate much about Sit Down, Shut Up but I am more than willing to give it a shot. Kristin Chenoweth FTW!
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I wish Comedy Central would rescue some funny shows instead...
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Idris is awsome and Stringer was really a badass



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just try and get my name is earl
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I love The late late show with Craig Ferguson and yea he played it real cool because at first i thought it was a joke for Halloween but if it wasn't a joke then that sucks but that's one of the things that make Craig Ferguson's show the sweetest show out there.
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I agree with Laserwolf412. The Goode Family didn't make me lol, but it was still an enjoyable show. This is good news.
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Glad to hear about The Goode Family. I really did like this show even if it isn't the "lol" kind of comedy.
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I'm happy for Mike Judge. The Idris Elba series sounds like Daredevil. He's awesome and so are the guys who worked on BSG, but i have no real interest in another legal drama. Let's hope it does to legal dramas what Dexter did for forensic shows.
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