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Comedy Central renews ‘Key’

Second season ordered after two airings

Comedy Central has renewed sketch comedy series “Key & Peele” for a second season of 10 episodes that will premiere in the fall.

Announcement comes in advance of the third episode of “Key,” which airs Tuesday. The first season had an eight-episode order.

“Key” was created by and stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. When the show premiered Jan. 31, it drew 2.1 million viewers, giving Comedy Central its best series launch since 2009. The show was No. 1 in its timeslot across all of television among men 18-34.

“Because ‘Key & Peele’ has been so immediately and universally well-received, I was worried if we didn’t give the show a quick pick up, people might accuse me of being racist,” joked Comedy Central head of original programming and production Kent Alterman.

Key and Peele exec produce the series with Ian Roberts, Jay Martel and Joel Zadak.

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