TVNewser reports that CNN’s attempt at a humorous news show starring comic D.L. Hughley is ending at the end of the month. Hughley apparently wanted to move the show to Los Angeles and CNN deemed it too cost prohibitive. The show had been drawing 200,000 viewers among 25-54 in recent weeks on Saturday evenings. The show launched last November.
Here’s the CNN statement. The publicist said the show as NOT cancelled:
“D.L. approached CNN about being permanently based in Los Angeles, where his family lives. To accommodate this, we agreed upon a new role where he will be a contributor for the network based in Los Angeles. We are eager to continue our relationship with D.L., who is a tremendous talent and a valued colleague.”
Atlanta-based TBS has cancelled the Frank Caliendo sketch comedy show “Frank TV” after two seasons, according to Broadcasting & Cable. I personally like Caliendo. I’ve seen his live show and he can be very very funny. The sketch show had its moments but it may have placed too much weight on Caliendo’s impressions, some of which were better than others. (Sorry, his Jerry Seinfeld was not good at all.)
But he will continue to do comedy for Fox NFL Sunday for another two years. Yes, it’s that John Madden routine that made him truly famous.
The show opened with more than 3 million viewers its first season. By the time the final Christmas episode aired Dec. 23, 2008, only 948,000 caught the show.
-Speaking of TBS, “My Boys” is coming back on March 31 for a modest 9 episode run. Here are some funny quotes from lead Jordana Spiro in an online interview.
Jordana Spiro is certainly keeping her sense of humor about the fact that they’re doing a short season of her TBS “My Boys” series. “We’re right in the thick of shooting right now on No. 5 of our whopping nine episodes,” she says. “The economy is hitting everybody hard. It’s obviously changing the amount of shows that are being produced. I guess I should be glad we’re not shooting them on a iFlip video and posting them on Face
-Proof of the power of Taylor Swift, current “Rolling Stone” magazine cover girl and country crossover superstar: she guest starred on “CSI” last night and drew an early estimate of 21 million, a 15 percent increase from a week earlier.
-And if you were seeking a job in broadcasting, going to school just got tougher. The Connecticut School of Broadcasting has shut down, including its affiliates here in Atlanta.
-Here’s speculation from TVnewser into why CNN’s Sanjay Gupta pulled out of the running for U.S. Surgeon General.