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TV Junkie: Comedy Central Axes Sports Shows
Comedy Central has cancelled their two sports-themed shows "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald" and "Onion SportsDome" proving again that a mistake does not correct a mistake. Going from zero sports shows to two sports shows was a mistake but eliminating both of them doesn't make much sense either. IFC's "Onion News Network" seemed like good fit as it was obvious that there wasn't room for another news parody show on Comedy Central but having another Onion show appear so soon after the first and on another network was confusing. Don't get me wrong, "Onion SportsDome" was well put together and it didn't hold anything back with its machine-gun firing jokes but it looked like an expensive show to produce and maintain and it wasn't very well promoted against IFC's "Onion News Network."Comedy Central's "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald" seemed like it was the one with legs. Everybody wants to see Macdonald reprise his Weekend Update stature and his performance on the show was consistently great. It even seemed as if some of the video bits, like those produced by Norm's "nephew," were transitioning from lame to pretty good. Maybe "Sports Show" was expensive because of Macdonald, I don't know, but if there was a show to keep, that was the one. Now there's nothing and Comedy Central is the worse for it.
A reminder that tonight the Paley Center in Beverly Hills will bring you "An Evening With Men of a Certain Age" at 7pm which will include a screening of an upcoming episode as well as a discussion with Ray Romano ("Joe Tranelli"), Scott Bakula ("Terry Elliott"), and executive producer Mike Royce.
Fans of Jake Gyllenhaal or Bear Grylls will be thrilled to know that Gyllenhaal will be in the season premiere of Discovery's "Man vs. Wild" which will be set in Iceland. For two days, Bear and Jake embarked on a survival experience through an Icelandic landscape dominated by treacherous mountains, huge glaciers and active volcanoes. "Man vs. Wild" premieres on Monday at 9pm on July 11, 2011.
Know any ladies in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut that's been cheated on? The production company that brought you "Flavor of Love," "Rock of Love" and others, is casting "Two-Timed Women" to shoot in NYC on July 6th. Send a short email with the story (and phone number) and all the details. Contact Kate at email@example.com
Comedian Maria Bamford is a national treasure so it was great to see her featured on CNN. Wish we could have sen her a Just For Laughs in Chicago - perhaps we should go to JFL Montréal?
The first season of FX's "Louie" comes out on DVD today. Check out our post from the season 2 premiere party.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "History Detectives," "Deadliest Catch," "Tosh.0," "Workaholics," "Chelsea Lately" (Actress Emily Mortimer; comic Jo Koy; comic Josh Wolf; comic Sarah Colonna), "Late Show With David Letterman" (Actor Jason Bateman; actress Amy Sedaris; Keith Olbermann presents the Top Ten; Drive-By Truckers perform), "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Actress Cameron Diaz; actor Charlie Day; Bon Iver performs; Big Sean performs with the Roots)
8:00pm History Detectives PBS/KOCE - Airplane engine parts; Civil War cannon; a 20th-century saddle may have belonged to a rodeo cowboy who created the role of the Hollywood stuntman.
9:00pm Deadliest Catch Discovery - As a winter storm rages the Ramblin' Rose makes an all-or-nothing gamble; the Time Bandit runs into trouble at the dock.
9:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Suriname Andrew tastes a stink pig called a Pingo and a rabbit called a Coconi in the rainforest.
9:00pm White Collar USA - Diana goes undercover to protect a magazine journalist; Peter and Neal investigate a pharmaceutical company.
9:00pm Memphis Beat TNT - An accountant assists in an investigation of a string of stolen safes; Whitehead decides to rebrand himself.
10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - Tosh plays wiffle ball, looks at viewer mail and give a web redemption to a high school metal band.
10:00pm Chopped Food - A Frenchman and an Irishman in the mix; tequila to give the entree dishes a kick; corn tortillas in the dessert basket.
10:00pm Combat Hospital ABC - Welcome to Kandahar Two new doctors arrive at the NATO Role 3 Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield and must face rocket attacks and waves of wounded
10:00pm REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel HBO - Tiki Barber discusses his return to football; the story of former professional basketball player LaRue Martin; Saadi Qaddafi's stint in professional soccer; revisiting the story of boxing trainer Ann Wolfe.
10:00pm POV PBS/KOCE - Kings of Pastry Sixteen chefs compete for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, the country's Nobel Prize for pastry.
10:00pm HawthoRNe TNT - Tom and Christina deal with recent events; tensions mount between Bobbie and Christina; Camille flirts with Tom's protégé
10:00pm Covert Affairs USA - Annie investigates the leak of a CIA trainee's name.
10:30pm Workaholics Comedy Central - Office Campout Two burglars break into the office when the guys are camping out there while their house is being fumigated.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Emily Mortimer; comic Jo Koy; comic Josh Wolf; comic Sarah Colonna.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Cameron Diaz guests
11:00pm Conan TBS - Comic Larry the Cable Guy; host Cat Deeley; Reggie Watts performs.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Jason Bateman; actress Amy Sedaris; Keith Olbermann presents the Top Ten; Drive-By Truckers perform.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Rosario Dawson; singer Marc Anthony; Jackie Evancho performs.
12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Celebrity Paris Hilton; actor Simon Pegg; June Greg; Augustana performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Eva Mendes; actor Jim Florentine; Pitbull performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Jeff Goldblum; actress Sarah Chalke.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Cameron Diaz; actor Charlie Day; Bon Iver performs; Big Sean performs with the Roots.