Silverman, Battlestar extend cable stays

Comedy Central's brand new The Sarah Silverman Program and Sci-Fi Channel veteran Battlestar Galactica will be back for additional seasons.

Sarah Silverman, which debuted February 1, has been renewed for a second season. The news comes after the show's second episode aired Thursday.

The original series, which airs from 10:30 to 11 p.m., debuted to good numbers for the network, drawing 1.8 million total viewers. That figure made the show's debut the best for a Comedy Central original since the premiere of the animated series Drawn Together (2.2 million viewers) in 2004.

Meanwhile, Sci-Fi is expected to announce Tuesday that it's giving the critically acclaimed Battlestar a fourth-season pickup. The network has ordered 13 episodes, targeted for a January premiere.

Last month, the series relocated from Fridays to a 10 p.m. slot on Sundays, where it has been averaging 1.7 million total viewers.

While the January 21 midseason debut garnered 1.8 million viewers--marking the network's best performance at 10 p.m. Sundays since June 2003 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)--the third season's total-viewer average overall is down slightly from the second season.

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Great news for BSG. However what if it didn't get a 4th series, would that have meant it would have just ended?? Thats so wrong. A show should have a begining, middle, and end. Not just continue as long as their is demand, or stop just becuse their isn't enough demand.... I've watched Invasion, Surface, killer Instinct - all these were good shows- (well maybe not killer instinct) all stopped because of poor ratings, but all stopped as an incomplete tale. Lets hope Battlestar continues, and the story remains compelling,(as it is at the moment) without ending abrupty or dragging out the story. love to all Logan_x
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I suppose I am the only one happy about the second season of TSSP being announced. XD

But my friend will be happy to know about BSG Season 4.
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Excellent News!! Does anybody know when the networks will be announcing formally what shows will be renewed for the 2007-2008 tv season?
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4th season BSG: YYYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!
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Someone told me they are renegotiating contracts, and instead of waiting for that to get sorted out, they ordered the initial 13. I'd prefer to believe this. I'd hate to think they'd skimp out any more on us.
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SG1 > BSG
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HOOORAY for Galactica
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Great news about BSG. siracuza
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BSG

Yes yes yes and yes. Please please a full season to follow.
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I don't think there is anyone this side of the moon not cherishing this news about BSG. 13 episodes are usually a 'test' of whether a show is strong enough to last (see The Shield) and I'm sure if they do well, additional episodes will follow.

I also feel, even if the 4th season is the last, the franchise has huge potential a la Star Trek and could spawn a number of movies. Fingers crossed. For now, though, I'm simply breathing a sigh of relief - we'll get more BSG!!
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Wonderful news about Battlestar being renewed but the ordered is for 13 episodes only why not 22+ ???
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Excellent news. I'm very satisfied they appear to be going back to a 13 episode run instead of 20. I think the 20 episodes were hurting BSG. Although, I have a feeling when Sci-Fi releases details season 4 is going to be the last, which is why it's only going to be 13 episodes.
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woot! Yai BSG!
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Glad to hear that BSG is gonna be around for another season, It's one of my favorite shows. . ....Hmm. . .... when it comes out I just hope that they don't make a season 3.0 and 3.5 like they did with the second season. I bought them anyway but come on! Cutting up a season into two parts may be good for business but how many fans do you wanna piss off. . Who's with me? :)
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Great news about BSG. I finally am working on getting caught up on the show on DVD - I'm almost finished with Season 2. Does anyone know if a release date has been set for Season 3? I have stayed away from watching this season to avoid being spoiled on current events.
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Awesome great news if it keep its high quality maybe a fifth season maybe? :)
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Wonderful news for BSG fans! I forsee the season getting extended beyond the initial 13 episode order.. Although, maybe cutting it in half will be better than we think.. The past few episodes, and several over the course of its run, have been fillers to me.. Maybe by shortening the season we're actually increasing the quality of the program itself! (If that's at all possible!)
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FANTASTIC.

This is one of the best series around.

:)
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YEEEEEEEEES!!! Wonderful news for all Battlestar Galactica fans (including me). It's the best show on TV right now.
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good news on the battlestar renewal ... but why only 13 eps? Has the ratings drop - however minor - effected confidence?



how do you plan a season long storyline around only 13 eps ... what happens to is if its increased to 22 ... won't that affect the quality of the eps?
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Yaaaaaaaaaaay about Battlestar being renewed!!
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great news about BSG :D
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yay more Galactica:)
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It was bound to happen. After the cancellation of SG-1, they couldn't afford to lose another show. Plus, if BSG was cancelled, The Dresden Files would lose ratings as well, because people who tune in, hoping to get a good night of television, with two full hours of entertainment, won't be so much inclined, when it's just The Dresden Files. So of course the decision will be made to renew it. Atlantis can't stand by itself as the only veteran show, keeping Sci-Fi afloat. Therefore it's only a matter of time, before it's officialized.
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Can't wait for another season of Battlestar, but why only 13 episodes and not a normal season's worth of episodes. Hopefully they'll get more later. I don't watch Battlestar Galactica on tv. Instead I download it from iTunes like a lot of other people which SciFi should consider because not everyone gets SciFi on their TVs.
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I love Battlestar. Absolutely thrilled they picked it up, feared the ratings were dwindling too much.
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