‘Attell’ alive but Comedy blots ‘Bots’

Third season of 'Insomniac' kicks off Dec. 5

It’s thumbs up for one series and thumbs down for another at Comedy Central.

The laffer cable net has renewed “Insomniac With Dave Attell” for a fourth season while opting not to plug in “BattleBots” for a sixth.

Original segs of “BattleBots,” a Comedy Central production in association with TalentWorks and First Television about battling machines, will continue to air through December. Repeats will air indefinitely.

The third season of “Insomniac” will kick off Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 p.m. Repeats of the show now air Sundays at midnight, and Wednesdays at 10:30 and midnight. Production on season four will begin in October, with the first show bowing in summer 2003.

The half-hour series, a travelogue of after-hours experiences in cities across the country, caught on in the ratings game almost immediately after Comedy Central premiered it last year as part of an experimental latenight block.

During its second season, earlier this year, the show moved to primetime and averaged about 1.1 million viewers per episode, according to the laffer net.

In addition to hosting, Attell, managed by 3 Arts, is the writer of “Insomniac.” The series is exec produced and directed by Nick McKinney. Lou Wallach is the exec producer for Comedy Central, while Rich Korson is the supervising producer for the net.

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