Comedy Central topper Doug Herzog may have axed “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” but Herzog soon may be making it up to the comedian.
Short-lived NBC series “The Colin Quinn Show” may resurface at the laffer net, Herzog said, speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Museum of Television & Radio Tuesday.
“The Colin Quinn Show,” a topical sketch show that parodied the day’s headlines, ran for just three episodes in March 2002.
“The show is resting. We are contemplating bringing it back,” Herzog said. “There is a lot of value in what Colin built.”
Exec dubbed the series the comedic equivalent to thriving news parody “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” but stressed that no decisions had been made.
Herzog canceled “Tough Crowd” in November after determining that the latenight chatfest was losing too large a chunk of the “Daily Show” audience.
As for Comedy Central’s coming year, Herzog said it will be less about nabbing the hit reality show than mining the hot new genre. While other network execs squabble over reality TV concepts, exec said he’ll be swimming upstream.
He noted that no one at the cabler thought the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” which preceded the WB’s “Blue Collar TV” series, would turn out to be a breakthrough. The event’s sky-high ratings “really opened our eyes,” he said.
Comedy Central trotted out several top-rated shows last year, including new cycles of “Chappelle’s Show,” “Reno 911!,” “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and frosh toon “Drawn Together,” stumbling only with concepts slightly outside the net’s wheelhouse, including “Wanda Does It” and “The Graham Norton Effect.”
Still, Herzog said he will continue to try to broaden the cabler’s audience. “Young men are our dead center targets,” but the net would also like to draw in slightly older men in their 30s and women, he said.
While Herzog doesn’t rule out greenlighting real-life comedies similar to “The Simple Life” and “The Osbournes,” Herzog said “as a programmer I want to go in the other direction. I struggled with it because everyone is doing reality. But we don’t want to be just another guy doing it.”