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The Showbiz Show with David Spade: Comedy Central Series Cancelled

8 October 2007 11:26 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

There's "not so funny" news for comedian David Spade. Comedy Central has cancelled his comedy news show after three seasons.

The Showbiz Show with David Spade debuted on September 17, 2005 and aired weekly on Comedy Central. Inspired by Spade's Hollywood Minute segments on Saturday Night Live, The Showbiz Show was initially conceived as a five-nights-a-week series entitled Gone Hollywood. Stand-up comic Greg Giraldo was the host, with Spade serving as executive producer. After seeing the pilot, Comedy Central asked Spade to step in and host the series. Spade agreed with the condition that it be a weekly program.

The Showbiz Show averaged approximately one million viewers for each of its three seasons but Comedy Central has now pulled the plug. Production on the third season ended in June with the final episode airing on June 29, 2007.

Comedy Central has had great success with comedy-news shows like The Daily Show with John Stewart »


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Siegel on comedy beat at Silverman

27 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Former talent manager Randi Siegel has joined the Fred Silverman Co. as executive in charge of alternative comedy programming for TV and digital media outlets.

Siegel will develop new projects for the company with an emphasis on material and concepts that fall outside of the traditional multicamera realm, both scripted and unscripted.

Siegel joins Silverman Co. after a stint with the nonprofit organization Comic Relief, where she handled special projects and marketing initiatives for the event's return last year in Las Vegas after a seven-year hiatus. Before Comic Relief, Siegel worked for National Lampoon as executive vp talent and development. For National Lampoon, she shepherded the animated series Tooned Up that ran on the company's Web properties and later was released on DVD.

Siegel also spent five years with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, working on a range of projects and clients at the management-production outfit known for representing such comedy stars as Adam Sandler, David Spade and Rob Schneider. »

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