Big step for ‘Man’

Comedy Central leaps at 26-episode order

“South Park” has finally found a partner. After bringing Comedy Central its highest-rated series debut ever, “The Man Show” has been picked up by the cabler for a second season with a 26-episode order. Production is slated to begin in January.

The series started June 16, earning a 2.8 rating in its Wednesday night slot with a “South Park” lead-in. The show, which has since settled into a 2.45 average rating, will wrap its freshman seasons with 12 new episodes beginning Nov. 3.

“Comedy Central is thrilled to have found a followup success to ‘South Park’ that consistently delivers our target demo to our advertisers while delivering solid comedy to our viewers,” said Debbie Liebling, VP of West Coast development and production for the cabler.

Skewed lifestyle

“The Man Show” hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corolla combine sketch comedy, man-on-the-street interviews and recurring segments as part of their comedic look at today’s male lifestyle. The program is a Stone Stanley production in association with Jackhole Industries and Lapides Entertainment Organization. David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone, Daniel Kellison and Howard Lapides are exec producers.

Renewed ‘Loveline’

On top of “The Man Show” pickup, Stone Stanley Prods. has inked a fourth-season renewal with MTV for its latenight strip “Loveline.” MTV would not comment, but it’s understood that the cable web has ordered another 15 weeks — or 75 segs — of the relationship advice show.

Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky will return as co-hosts, but sidekick Diane Farr will be replaced before production on the new season begins in October.

Pax TV, meanwhile, is plugging away with reruns of Stone Stanley’s gameshow “Shop ‘Til You Drop,” airing nightly at 6:30. The fledgling weblet has picked up its 13-week option on the rerun rights and is considering ordering new segs of the shopaholic gameshow.

(Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.)