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3/6: Weekend mash with D.L. Hughley, Frank Caliendo, Taylor Swift

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.

28 comments Add your comment

Nick Wright

March 6th, 2009
5:27 pm

Not a bad impression this time, but just not funny. Now his Trump, that’s horrible. I saw him on his commercial for Dish Network and didn’t know who the hell he was supposed to be.


March 6th, 2009
6:11 pm

Good. Every time I accidentally turned to DL’s show, I cringed and cowered. It was so embarrassing. CNN dont ever do that again!!!


March 6th, 2009
6:41 pm

THANK GOD! I used to like DL’s comedy but over the years he has become a tad bit coonerific.


March 6th, 2009
8:51 pm

D.L. Hugley’s show was a 2009 version of a Black-face minstrel show. Goodbye and good riddance!


March 6th, 2009
9:12 pm

Duh…it lasted this long. It can’t compete with Saturday night hoops on ESPN/ABC. Plus it was horrible.

Faye S. McCrary

March 6th, 2009
11:03 pm

I thought the show was refreshing and very funny. I loved it and sorry to see it go. D.L. was great!

Moses Shepherd, Jr.

March 7th, 2009
12:33 am

good riddance I am sure that Mr hugley is a nice person but his show stinks.


March 7th, 2009
6:24 am

i guess we will hear a week of how the man did him wrong from 104.1 morning show

Robert Ferguosn

March 7th, 2009
6:31 am

I found the show to be refreshing. It was actually getting better each week. I will be sorry to see it go.


March 7th, 2009
8:12 am

it was the stupidist show I never watched. It was all about bashing Bush and promoting O’bamaism. I am happy I will never miss that crap.
To be fair since I can’t stand CNN it was fine that he was on.
Stupid people are great entertainment for stupid people.


March 7th, 2009
8:12 am

CNN? Are they still around? Are they still relevant?

Howard G

March 7th, 2009
8:23 am

I like BBQ. I like ice cream. But I don’t like BBQ flavored ice cream. That is how I feel about the D.L. /CNN combination.

Howard G

March 7th, 2009
8:25 am

Ummm doofy that is a somewhat clueless thing to say as you post on their web page. Hi I’m doofy and I’m witty. dumbarse.

Howard G

March 7th, 2009
8:30 am

I mean is there anything in the ATL that isn’t owned by coke or CNN? Actually is there anything else in Atlanta?

Howard G

March 7th, 2009
8:32 am

But hey it lasted longer that that sorry excuse for a daily show they tried to run on fox. What was that garbage called. “Unfunny people trying to be humorous.” Three things conservatives can’t do. 1)Think for themselves 2) be funny 3) be sexy. but hey they can pray like mofos.


March 7th, 2009
10:16 am

Good riddence… DL’s show was pretty lame…..and arent shows on CNN supposed to be INFORMATIVE?? His show was only informative if you didnt know crap about the world/politics. It was like watching a news show geared towards 6th graders. Of course with a racist edge that all white people/republicans were lame.

Howard: wow great timing in proving my point my man….. how about when yall learn how to take care of your Kids THEN you can talk….. aight? u feel me cuz….

Toine St. John

March 7th, 2009
10:31 am


Howard G

March 7th, 2009
10:35 am

I also forgot to mention that I’m a MORON!!!!


March 7th, 2009
11:26 am

WOW !!! Seems CNN and the Socialist that run the Network has come to the conclusion that the main stream folks that pay the bills and spend the money are not intereste in DL nor his racist, liberal agenda. I might even start watching those GOOFS again.


March 7th, 2009
11:29 am

Hey Howard, you mean all those foxes @ Fox are not sexy ???? You be the HoMO I guess.

Otha M. Jackson

March 7th, 2009
11:49 am

The failure of this show had nothing at all to do with D.L.Hugley and it was certainly not related to the promotion provided by CNN. This show was doomed by its initial design. It never had a chance because of the competing values that were designed into the show.


March 7th, 2009
7:43 pm

No surprise, this show was only created to promote Obamania and to bash Bush. There is simply no need for the show anymore.


March 7th, 2009
8:13 pm

I could only stomach 10 minutes of Hughley’s show. They never should have put this on the air. I like CNN , but this show was doomed from the beginning. He is NOT FUNNY !!!!!! He needs a comedic mentor!


March 8th, 2009
3:24 am

1) BBQ Ice Cream is only good if it’s slathered in Hot Pork Gravy. 2) Can I be Megan Fox’s dog???


March 8th, 2009
4:38 am

Howard, in typical lib fashion, instead of addressing the issue, you look outward and bash, while pointing fingers at conservatives. I would call you an empty suit…but why insult hangers?

Face it, DL got the hook because he wasn’t fresh, funny nor informative. Seems to be an epidemic of that goin’ around.


March 8th, 2009
10:17 pm

coupla thoughts: DL’s show was horrible. what got him in hot water was that last show i believe where he made an uncomfortable statement comparing republicans to hitler/nazis. i think that was the last straw, even for CNN. as for caliendo, he is hilarious. his 30 min show was NOT.


March 23rd, 2009
2:16 am

I guess I am wierd. I am 70 years old, white and from what I read, I should have hated D L’s show. On the contrary, it grew on me. I found it fresh, new and thoughtful. I enjoyed his interviews, especially the ones with the Rabbi.


March 29th, 2009
2:59 am

I really like D.L. I’m 63, white and a lady. I enjoyed his light touch with the news. He had some interesting guests, and didn’t present the same old point of view others seemed to echo. I tended to agree with him with subjects such as Pres. Obama, Blagoyovich or however you spell it, Bush, Palin, etc. Even in areas I disagree, it was O.K. and interesting to hear another point of view that I respect. Don Lemon is O.K., but not nearly as interesting as D.L. I think you guys made a mistake to not let D.L. be based near his family and continue his show.

This has been a rough year for me, like so many others. It seems some of my anxiety is caused by listening so much to CNN – D.L. helped because he gave a better perspective to the news.

I appreciated CNN’s coverage of the election, although I would have liked to hear Pres. Obama speak more. Fortunately I could turn to C-SPAN when you cut him off because apparently some Republican didn’t want to listen to him. Which is understandable – it’s painful when you can’t compete successfully, for whatever reason.

Instead you showed Palin endlessly, as if she had something intelligent or truthful to say. I don’t understand why people would want to elect someone because they are less intelligent then themselves because that makes her seem downhome and like she has the common touch. I am so thankful we elected smart people who have done their best to save our country. Looks like they might be successful. Big relief.

As for that stupid policeman who kept those folks from seeing the mother-in-law when she was dying – yes, he should be fired, but also ordered to a class to teach him to listen to people, and given surgery to give him a heart because he obviously doesn’t have one.