The Comedy Network enters its seventh season with nine all-new shows and the return of 10 hit series with brand new episodes.
The new series are: Comedy Inc., Corner Gas, Chappelle’s Show, I’m With Busey, Life’s A Bitch, Punk’d, Reno 911, Steve Harvey’s Big Time and The Bobroom. Returning with new episodes are: Comedy Now!, Buzz, Absolutely Fabulous, Crank Yankers, Insomniac With Dave Attell, Kevin Spencer, Odd Job Jack, Primetime Glick, Puppets Who Kill and South Park.
- Comedian/writer Roman Danylo stars in the off-beat, hilarious new original sketch series Comedy Inc. premiering Sunday, October 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Co-starring Second City alumni Aurora Browne and Jennifer Goodhue and comedians Terry McGurrin, Winston Spear and Jenn Robertson.
- Also debuting Sunday, October 5 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT is the first season of the 8-part, half-hour hidden-camera series Punk’d, hosted by Ashton Kutcher. The series follows Kutcher, Jason Goldberg and their team of co-conspirators, as they orchestrate and execute elaborate pranks on celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Pink, Frankie Muniz and Britney Spears.
- Premiering Monday, October 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, Steve Harvey’s Big Time is a half-hour talk/variety series Starring award-winning comedian Steve Harvey. The series showcases Harvey’s inimitable quick wit and uncanny ability to bring out the best and funniest in regular people with unusual hobbies, offbeat talents and remarkable stories.
- In Chapelle’s Show, premiering Tuesday, October 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. comedian Dave Chappelle takes his street-smart comedy to a whole new level in the critically acclaimed 12-part, half-hour, provocative sketch comedy series.
- The infamous Gary Busey hits The Comedy Network later this season with the new reality comedy series I’m with Busey (date TBA). The series focuses on the mentor/protégé relationship between Busey and writer/producer Adam De La Pena (The Man Show, Crank Yankers). The two men embark on crazy adventures, with Busey teaching De La Pena lessons on survival, fear, family and imagination.
- Kicking off the New Year, Gemini-nominated comedian Brent Butt stars in the new, 13-part original comedy series Corner Gas, in which Butt returns to small town Saskatchewan to portray the life he would have led had he gotten a job pumping gas.
- Also in 2004, The Comedy Network introduces the brand new original animated series Life’s a Bitch, based on the Canadian Comedy Shorts series entitled Bitchy Bits created by award-winning cartoonist Roberta Gregory.
- Sketch troupe ‘The Bobroom’ garners laughs in the New Year with the wildly absurd sketch series The Bobroom starring Jennifer Baxter, Mike Beaver, Stacey DePass, Jason Jones and Robert Tinkler.
- And finally, the new 13-part, half-hour, unscripted comedy series Reno 911 will launch in 2004. Based on the adventures and relationships of a local Reno, Nevada precinct, Reno 911 is a hilarious and unexpected spoof on the traditional cop drama.
- Those foul-mouthed puppets return with even more subversive crank calls when season two of Crank Yankers kicks off Thursday, September 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
- One of The Comedy Network‘s most successful original series to date, Greg Lawrence’s Kevin Spencer returns with a sixth season on Sunday, October 26 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series achieves viewership numbers on par with South Park and The Simpsons and has attracted acclaim from its underground cult audience and critics too.
- South Park returns to the Network on Friday, October 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Seen exclusively in Canada on The Comedy Network, South Park will eclipse the exclusive 100th episode mark with more action, more social satire and more life lessons in its seventh outrageous season.
- In the New Year, multi-award winning comedy showcase series Comedy Now! kicks off its seventh season of laughs with a whole new line-up of hot Canadian talent, including Daryn Jones, Levi MacDougall, Johnny Buehler, Debra DiGiovanni, The Doo Wops: John Catucci & David Mesiano, Gilson Lubin and Anne Marie Scheffler.
- Also in the New Year, the 2003 Montreux International Television Festival’s Bronze Rose winner, Puppets Who Kill, returns for season two. One of The Comedy Network’s most-watched original programs, PWK stars Dan Redican as a hapless social worker responsible for rehabilitating four very nasty puppets.
- TV’s bad boys, Daryn Jones and Mista Mo return in 2004 with a fifth season of their Gemini award-winning series Buzz. Consisting of unscripted and impromptu street humour, spontaneous interviews and zany escapades, Buzz is sure to stir up another season of trouble.
- Odd Job Jack, the world’s first sit.com, returns to The Comedy Network in the New Year for a second season. Starring Don McKellar, Odd Job Jack is an animated comedy about recent university graduate Jack Ryder’s misadventures in temporary employment and his quest to get a full-time life.
- Also in 2004, those dazzling dipsomaniacs, Pats and Eddy return for season five of the cult smash hit Absolutely Fabulous airing exclusively in Canada on The Comedy Network.
- Returning for its third season in 2004, Primetime Glick stars Canadian comic Martin Short as the infamous celebrity interviewer and Hollywood legend Jiminy Glick.
All comedy, of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, is the mandate of The Comedy Network, Canada‘s first-and-only specialty comedy service. Launched in October 1997, The Comedy Network offers an unrivalled slate of original Canadian productions, with 41 per cent of its revenues being reinvested in Canadian programming. To more than 4.5 million subscribers, The Comedy Network broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. CTV Inc. owns The Comedy Network. CTV Inc. is a division of Bell Globemedia, which also owns The Globe and Mail. Visit The Comedy Network‘s Web site at www.thecomedynetwork.ca.
Stay tuned to Channel Canada for The Comedy Network’s Fall Schedule, coming soon!