Oxygen tucks in another season of ‘Nighty Night’

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NEW YORK — Oxygen will continue to push the boundaries of good taste by engineering a co-production deal with BBC Worldwide America and Baby Cow Prods. for a second season of six half-hours of the dark sitcom “Nighty Night.”

The first six half-hours, which ran on BBC3 and BBC2 in fall 2003, premiered on Oxygen in January 2004 on a straight license-fee deal. Oxygen scheduled it late, at 10 p.m., because its lead character, a beauty-shop owner, can’t resist the temptation to cheat on a husband who’s mostly bedridden with cancer.

This kind of content is usually the stuff of raunchy drama, but Julie Davis, who’s both the star and head writer, decided to turn it into edgy adult comedy.

The show picked up a sheaf of encouraging reviews from TV critics in England and the U.S., prodding BBC Worldwide America, which commissioned the series, to broker a deal between Oxygen and Baby Cow, giving Oxygen exclusive U.S. TV rights to the second group of six episodes. These half-hours will go into production in May; Oxygen will start playing them in the fall.

The executive producers for Baby Cow are Steve Coogan, Henry Normal and Ali MacPhail.

Oxygen has previously done co-production partnerships with the BBC for the fifth season of the sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous” and the “Absolutely Fabulous 2004 Christmas Special.”

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