Comedy Central renews 'The Sarah Silverman Program'
Comedy Central has ordered 10 episodes of "The Sarah Silverman Program," with new shows premiering in early 2010.
In a press release issued by the cable network, Silverman succinctly observes, "Yay!"
The renewal came just days after reports broke that Comedy Central had cut the budget on the show by 20 percent, a belt-tightening measure producers refused to abide by.
In the end, salvation came in the form of MTV Networks sister channel Logo, which will co-finance the show and get second window rights to episodes after they air on Comedy Central.
"Sarah Silverman has created an incredibly inventive and comedically revolutionary show that is beloved by the gay and lesbian audience. Expanding the third season run to Logo is a natural extension that we're thrilled is happening." explains Brian Graden, president, MTV Networks Music Group Entertainment and president, Logo.
Adds Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development for Comedy Central, "We love Sarah and we love this show -- we're thrilled it's returning for a third seaso.'The Sarah Silverman Program' is truly a brand-builder for our network and by using the synergy within the MTV Networks, the second window deal with Logo allows us to broaden the show to an audience that will only expand the popularity of this hit series. We are excited to see what trouble Sarah and her friends get into in the next season."
The second season of "The Sarah Silverman Show" ended last December and averaged 1.5 million total viewers. It's a regular timeslot winner among men 18-24 and men 18-34, Comedy Central's core demos.
Silverman stars along with Brian Posehn, Steve Agee, Jay Johnson and real-life Sister Laura Silverman.