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Sunshine at Stern’s ‘Beach’

Cabler FX orders 13 more episodes of raunchy laffer

The FX cable network has handed Howard Stern a second 13-episode order of his raunchy half-hour comedy “Son of the Beach.”

“Beach” is the highest-rated original series on FX, where the first run (Tuesdays at 10 p.m.) of the original 13 episodes has averaged a 1.46 rating in cable homes, a 217% increase over the 1999 time period. Series has generated a 0.99 rating among adults 18-49.

Production of the new half-hours will begin in December at a cost of about $600,000 an episode, which is relatively high for a cable network. These segs will premiere on FX late in the first quarter of 2001.

“Beach” is produced by the Howard Stern Co. and Fox TV Studios. Exec producer-creators are Stern, Tim Stack, David Morgasen and James R. Stein. Stack, a character actor who refers to himself as “middle-aged, balding and out-of-shape,” is the star of the show, a satire of “Baywatch.”

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