David Spade to launch new series on Comedy Central

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Saturday Night Live veteran David Spade has spent the last several years working on sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me and 8 Simple Rules. He is now returning to his topical-comedy roots with a new show on Comedy Central, in which he will collaborate with Gavin Polone and fellow SNL vet Hugh Fink.

The Showbiz Show with David Spade will borrow from the format of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, with celebrity guests, on-location segments, and parodies, but will focus on entertainment news rather than political news.

"There's so much that's funny in all these magazines and shows that there needs to be a different point of view," Spade says. "I'm not saying it has to be mean--mean jokes aren't always the funniest. I think it's just making fun and taking a new angle and kind of doing what people are thinking for real."

It's true that the land abounds with celebrity game these days. The Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes romance, Russell Crowe's phone-throwing incident, Britney Spears' pregnancy--these all make for enticing comedic fodder. "David and Hugh have no fear," says Lauren Corrao, Comedy Central's executive VP of programming and development.

Comedy Central has ordered 13 episodes of The Showbiz Show, and expects a premiere sometime in September.

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