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Laff net dials up ‘Blue’ humor

Pact calls for a third part to 'Comedy Tour'

Comedy Central is ordering another helping of heartland humor from the “Blue Collar” guys.

Cabler has struck a development and production deal with J.P. Williams’ Parallel Entertainment — the management/production company repping comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy. Pact calls for a third sequel to “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” several specials and a series pilot.

Net exec VP-GM Michele Ganeless said clinching a deal was a no-brainer, as “Blue Collar” fare ranks among the net’s top-performing programs.

“I think the two lessons we learned last year were ‘Blue Collar’ and ‘Chappelle.’ Both those franchises brought new and different audiences to the network,” Ganeless said. “We’ve been pretty proactive about opening up the spectrum and the kinds of people we’re working with, and we’ve been working to get this deal done for a while now.”

“The Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy” delivered a robust 6.2 million viewers, making it the second most-watched telecast in laffer net history, while “Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again” ranks third with 6.1 million. In addition, repurposed episodes of “Blue Collar TV” from the WB continue to rate well in its timeslots.

Pact includes the development and production of “The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show,” a pilot featuring Dave Allen (“Freaks and Geeks”) and David Koechner (“Saturday Night Live”) as a trucker and sidekick singing humorous songs about being on the road and the pursuit of the American dream. Concept will be developed at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood.

In addition, cabler will produce a summer event, which will star Foxworthy and the other regular Blue Collar guys, as well as a trio of stand-up specials toplining emerging talent from Williams’ Parallel. Third pic, “Blue Collar Comedy Tour, One for the Road,” will shoot in March for a second quarter bow.

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