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Comedy Central Renews “Lil’ Bush” and “Mind of Mencia”

Comedy Central has announced renewals for both Lil Bush and Mind of Mencia.

The second season of Lil Bush, which will consist of 10 episodes, will return in the spring of 2008, while the fourth season of Mind of Mencia will also return in the spring of 2008.

The full press releases from Comedy Central are viewable below.

Lil’ Bush

“LIL’ BUSH” SIGNS-ON FOR A SECOND TERM WITH COMEDY CENTRAL®

New Season To Consist Of Ten Episodes Beginning Spring 2008

NEW YORK, September 27, 2007 — The show that rips the lid off politics and puts the Oval office in the sandbox will pick-up where Lil’ Dubya left off terrorizing the White House. COMEDY CENTRAL has ordered a second season of the popular animated hit show, “Lil’ Bush,” it was announced today by Lauren Corrao, executive vice president, original programming and development, COMEDY CENTARL. The new season is set to premiere in spring 2008 with ten new episodes.

“We couldn’t be more excited with the return of these pint-sized politicians,” said Corrao. “The ratings success along with the timely subject matter makes this show a natural fit for the COMEDY CENTRAL spring line-up.”

“I’m thrilled the show has been picked up,” said “Lil’ Bush” creator and executive producer Donick Cary. “I’m sorry it had to happen in the Minneapolis airport bathroom, but if that’s the way Doug Herzog wants to run his company it’s cool with me.”

Premiering on June 13, “Lil’ Bush” averaged over 1.5 million viewers per premiere episode. In its timeslot (Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00 p.m.), “Lil’ Bush” was the #1 show in all of television among men 18-24 and was the #1 show among men 18-34 on cable.

“Lil’ Bush” presents Dubya as the animated future president, along with his pals Lil’ Condi, Lil’ Rummy (voiced by Iggy Pop), Lil’ Cheney and Lil’ Jeb. Hiding out from Bar and George Sr., these precocious pre-pubescents terrorize the White House and solve the world’s problems before bedtime. Whether he’s squaring off against schoolyard rivals like Lil’ Kim Jong Il, taking a field trip to Iraq, or torturing the lunch-ladies into serving all-American hot dogs everyday, Lil’ Bush and the gang are just playing politics.

During the inaugural season viewers got a chance to see Lil’ Bush and Tony Blair become cheerleaders, the Lil’ Gang unleash weapons of mass destruction and Lil’ Bush make a statement with his Aquaman underpants while facing off against Lil’ Kim Jong Il. There was also a panty raid against an Al Qaeda Training Camp and an attempt to speed up global warming.

Characters featured during season one included Lil’ Bill Clinton, Lil’ Hillary Clinton, Lil’ Al Gore, Lil’ Barack Obama, Lil’ John McCain, Lil’ Nancy Pelosi and Lil’ John Kerry, among others. In addition to Iggy Pop’s reoccurring role as Lil’ Rummy, The Foo Fighters and Anthony Kiedis and Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared as themselves, along with cameos by musicians Jeff Tweedy (as “God”) and Frank Black (as “Satan”).

“Lil’ Bush” comes from creator and executive producer Donick Cary, (“The Simpsons,” “The Late Show with David Letterman”) and co-executive producer, Jay Karas, while Zoe Friedman is the executive in charge of production at COMEDY CENTRAL. Animation is done by Sugarshack Animation.

Originally made as animated shorts for Amp’d Mobile, the mobisodes quickly developed a cult following and were picked up by COMEDY CENTRAL, making “Lil’ Bush” the first show to make the transition from mobisode to television series.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 91 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is www.comedycentral.com.

Mind of Mencia

COMEDY CENTRAL® ORDERS FOURTH SEASON OF “MIND OF MENCIA”

New Season To Begin Spring ’08

  “Mind Of Mencia” Averaging 1.5 Million Viewers (P2+) During Third Season

 “Mind Of Mencia: Season 3 Uncensored” DVD Hits Stores On Tuesday, October 23

NEW YORK, Monday, Oct. 1, 2007 Viewers can expect more from the mind of comedian Carlos Mencia as COMEDY CENTRAL has ordered a fourth season of the weekly hit, “Mind of Mencia,” it was announced today by Lauren Corrao, executive vice president of original programming and development. The fourth season of “Mind of Mencia,” which is executive produced and created by Mencia and Emmy Award-winning Robert Morton, will premiere in the spring of ’08.

“Carlos Mencia is a huge asset to our network,” said Corrao. “With the success of the third season, his COMEDY CENTRAL LIVE Tour and his ‘No Strings Attached’ DVD going platinum, Mencia connects with our audience on every level. We are excited about the new season and look forward to expanding our relationship with Carlos into the next year.”

“I look forward to doing another season of ‘Mind of Mencia,’ said Mencia. “I hope this doesn’t mean I can’t be on ‘Dancing with the Stars.'”

“Mind of Mencia: Season 3 Uncensored” DVD hits stores on Tuesday, October 23. The two-disc set features 14 episodes completely uncensored. Bonus materials include audio commentary and deleted scenes.

Shot in studio and on location, “Mind of Mencia” is based on Mencia’s unique point of view of the world including such topics as ethnic stereotypes, race relations, immigration, war, patriotism, capitalism and family with brutal honesty and unrelenting provocation. The show includes Mencia’s comments on pop culture and current events, man-on-the-street interviews, commercial parodies, as well as interaction with the studio audience.

Currently, Mencia stars opposite Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan in “The Heartbreak Kid,” a DreamWorks film directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, as Uncle Tito, the sarcastic and colorful manager of the hotel where Stiller’s character stays on his honeymoon with the woman he hastily married (Malin Akerman), slated for release next month. Last summer, Mencia completed the highly successful “The Punisher Tour,” a sold-out headlining stand-up tour of over 60 cities. The tour sold more than 270,000 tickets, making it the biggest tour of any Latino comedian to date.

Credits for “Mind of Mencia” include Carlos Mencia and Robert Morton as executive producers with Lee Kernis and Tim Sarkes from Brillstein Entertainment Partners serving as producers. Zoe Friedman is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 91 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of Viacom Inc.’s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is www.comedycentral.com.

Source: Comedy Central

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