Similar format to feature new host, different title

Comedy Central is reviving latenight franchise “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn” — sort of.

Cabler has ordered a pilot from “Tough Crowd” team Ken Ober and Liz Stanton that features a similar roundtable format. New project, however, will have a different title and new host Greg Giraldo.

Giraldo last starred in another laffer net pilot, “Gone Hollywood,” a satirical showbiz newsmag from David Spade, Hugh Fink, Gavin Polone and Vivian Cannon. A representative for the cabler said that pilot is under consideration for a series pickup.

Giraldo’s new pilot is one of at least four projects Comedy Central is hoping to strip as a latenight series following “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” In addition to “Gone Hollywood,” Adam Corolla recently wrapped production on a talker for the timeslot, and D.L. Hughley will shoot his shortly.

The 11:30 p.m. slot has been vacant since “Tough Crowd” was forced to halt production in November. While not a ratings disaster, show had been losing half of the “Daily Show” audience. Since then, laffer net execs have been on the hunt for a new companion series and have already passed on at least one showbiz newsmag parody, “The Hollywood Show.”

Untitled project, shot last month in New York, featured Giraldo and three other panelists weighing in on news, sports, politics and other headlines of the day. First two segments are dedicated to discussion of different issues, while the last third is a man-on-the-street-style field segment from Giraldo. In the pilot, for example, Giraldo chatted up gymgoers about steroids.

Giraldo is exec producing the half-hour, with Ober and Stanton co-exec producing. Comedian has starred in two pilots for NBC and has participated in various specials and series for Comedy Central.

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