Comedy Central renews 'Man,' two others

Comedy Central has renewed three of its original series, “The Man Show,” “Let’s Bowl” and “Insomniac With Dave Attell,” for 2002 starts.

Production on “The Man Show’s” fourth season will resume early next year, and production on the second season of “Let’s Bowl” gets under way in December. “Insomniac’s” next season is in production.

The new “Man” order will bring the show’s episode count to 99. Show is the second-highest-rated original skein on the net behind “South Park.” In addition, plans are under way to produce a new series to preem in first quarter 2002 from “Man” creators Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison. Comedy Central has been tight-lipped on the subject matter of that show.

Skeins all are part of Comedy Central’s original Sunday night lineup. The evening starts at 10 p.m. with “Man,” followed by “Bowl” at 10:30, then “South Park,” “Insomniac” and “The Chris Wylde Show.”

“These shows are indicative of the Comedy Central brand and have built a strong foundation as part of our Sunday night lineup,” the net’s exec VP-general manager Bill Hilary said in a statement. “‘The Man Show’ is one of the network’s biggest success stories, and we’re happy that audiences have responded to our two newest series, ‘Let’s Bowl’ and “Insomniac.'”

Comedy Central has been developing original programming aggressively in recent years. “Let’s Bowl” and “Insomniac” debuted in August and were developed as part of the latest push, Comedy Central’s move into latenight original programming. “Chris Wylde,” the renewal of which is pending, also was part of the latenight push.

Other recent programming renewals at the net went to Martin Short’s “Primetime Glick,” with the new season beginning next year, and “Battle Bots,” which will go back into production in November.

“The Daily Show” and “South Park” are in production on current episodes, and “Win Ben Stein’s Money” goes back into production in November.

A new daily gamer, “Beat the Geeks,” will debut nightly at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

“The Man Show” is a Stone Stanley Entertainment production in association with Jackhole Industries and Lapides Entertainment Organization. “Let’s Bowl” is produced by Tim Scott and Rich Kronfeld, and “Insomniac” is produced by Nick McKinney.

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