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Comedy Central nabs ‘Moon,’ ‘Malkovich’

Cabler to air Globe-nominated pix in fall 2002

Comedy Central has acquired the first broadcast window rights to “Man on the Moon” and “Being John Malkovich,” the network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn. Tour.

The films, both nominated for Golden Globe Awards, are slated to debut on the comic cabler in fall 2002. The network declined to comment on the financial details of the deal, but industry sources estimate it paid about $8 million-$10 million for the two films.

Biopic “Man on the Moon,” directed by Milos Forman, stars Jim Carrey as late comedian Andy Kaufman. The Universal film has grossed a disappointing $32 million so far.

“Being John Malkovich,” directed by Spike Jonze, stars John Cusack as a puppeteer who discovers a door in his office that allows him to enter the mind of actor Malkovich. The unique pic from USA Films has grossed nearly $20 million.

Comedy Central also announced Tuesday that former presidential candidate and ex-Senate majority leader Bob Dole will join “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” news team as a guest political commentator for the net’s “Indecision 2000” presidential election coverage. Dole will provide analysis throughout the primary season, during the Republican National Convention and on election night.

The network also announced that it has renewed the half-hour talkshow “Turn Ben Stein On,” ordering 12 new episodes set to premiere in mid-June.

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