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TBS orders 'Engvall' series

TBS orders 'Engvall' series
TBS has picked up The Bill Engvall Show to series.

The multicamera domestic comedy starring Engvall and Nancy Travis, has been given an eight-episode order for a launch this summer.

"We're very enthused about breaking new ground for the network with 'The Bill Engvall Show," said Michael Wright, senior vp of original programming for TBS and TNT. "It's a multi-camera family comedy shot in front of a studio audience, and we are absolutely thrilled with it."

Bill Engvall follows TBS' first original scripted comedy series, My Boys and 10 Items or Less, which bowed in November. It was the promising launch of the two shows -- My Boys has already been picked up for additional episodes -- that encouraged TBS brass to step up their efforts in the field.

"The critical and commercial success of our first attempts at original scripted comedy on the network was incredibly gratifying," Wright said.

With the series pickup for Bill Engvall, other TBS half-hour pilots such as Imperfect Union and Boy's Life, are not going forward, while The Frank Show is still in contention.

'Penguins' march Hallmark to its best day ever

'Penguins' march Hallmark to its best day ever
Hallmark Channel's big movie acquisition paid off during the weekend as March of the Penguins drew strong numbers for the network.

In other cable ratings news, TBS' scripted comedy series My Boys got off to a promising start Tuesday, while the network's new comedy 10 Items or Less had a softer debut the day before. Meanwhile, Cartoon Network said that it had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day with the premiere of the animated movie Good Wilt Hunting.

Penguins averaged 4.5 million total viewers in its two-hour telecast at 9 p.m. Saturday, winning its time period compared with the rest of basic cable. The Oscar-winning documentary also helped give Hallmark Channel its best day ever with a 3.6 household rating and 2.6 million homes in primetime and a 1.4 and 1.1 million homes in total day.

Hallmark Channel acquired the network TV premiere rights to Penguins this year as part of a multipicture deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution that the network called its most ambitious acquisition agreement ever.

'Penguins' march Hallmark to its best day ever

'Penguins' march Hallmark to its best day ever
Hallmark Channel's big movie acquisition paid off during the weekend as March of the Penguins drew strong numbers for the network.

In other cable ratings news, TBS' scripted comedy series My Boys got off to a promising start Tuesday, while the network's new comedy 10 Items or Less had a softer debut the day before. Meanwhile, Cartoon Network said that it had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day with the premiere of the animated movie Good Wilt Hunting.

Penguins averaged 4.5 million total viewers in its two-hour telecast at 9 p.m. Saturday, winning its time period compared with the rest of basic cable. The Oscar-winning documentary also helped give Hallmark Channel its best day ever with a 3.6 household rating and 2.6 million homes in primetime and a 1.4 and 1.1 million homes in total day.

Hallmark Channel acquired the network TV premiere rights to Penguins this year as part of a multipicture deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution that the network called its most ambitious acquisition agreement ever.

TBS snares funny stuff in its Web

TBS has two new digital destinations for its online comedic content. Launching Wednesday is VeryFunnyAds.com, where an online collection of funny commercials from around the world will exist, with many available for the first time to U.S. viewers. The site launches in conjunction with the one-hour TBS special World's Funniest Commercials, hosted by Kevin Nealon and his wife, actress-comedian Susan Yeagley. In addition, Laugh Lab launches this fall and includes comic material available through TBS.com featuring stand-up and a broadband encore presentation of TBS' original series My Boys and 10 Items or Less.

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