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Comedy Central cancels Chocolate News in their ongoing effort to clone The Daily Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 11th 2009 6:02PM
Chocolate NewsThis show went off the radar awhile back and left less traces of its existence than Amelia Earhart. But earlier today it came back, only to be blown out of the water.

David Alan Grier's African-American news satire Chocolate News officially got the big ugly axe from Comedy Central. This has been their third attempt to create a specialty fake news Daily Show such as David Spade's Showbiz Show and the lesser-known Sports Central that never made it past the pilot stage. And it certainly won't be the last.

So Comedy Central, have you lost your damn mind?

Chocolate News was far from perfect. The bits and sketches were a wide range of hits and misses with a few that knocked their targets out of the park perfectly. It also seemed like the ideal idea for a show for its time. So why did things fall apart faster than the characters in a Chinua Achebe novel?

Comedy Central promoted the show all wrong. The ads made it look like a black version of The Daily Show when nothing could be further from the funny. Then again, when you're dealing with advertising, truth isn't a big prerequisite.

The main format of the show resembled a one-man band of impressions and characterizations featuring Grier that tackled issues from the objectification of women in hip-hop to the stagnating print media market and some very funny rants and editorials from its star. But if you were drawn to the show through its promotion, what you were expecting and what you got could be two very different things. It was like opening a bicycle shaped package on Christmas Eve and discovered your parents had given you underwear instead.

Comedy Central will attempt to create another Daily Show-style show that tackles a certain facet of the news and the comparison to its surrogate mother will be inevitable. However, it's hard to top a titan as big as The Daily Show and putting it in such a context will doom it to failure.

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This was one of the funniest shows in a long time. Even though it was comedy, some of that stuff was true to life that's what made it funny also.

April 23 2009 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Key Rick

Strangers With Candy was too good for Comedy Central, too. Sure wish a competitor all-comedy network would spring up.

March 13 2009 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

chocolate news was hysterical. boo comedy central. :(

March 12 2009 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Damn! I loved Chocolate News--easily the funniest piece of DAG-based entertainment since In Living Colour. Comedy Central astonishes me. If it isn't Dave Chappelle, it's not funny enough to appeal to the black demographic, I suppose. And yet they keep low-brow stuff like Carlos 'I Steal All My Joke' Mencia afloat. They roast Larry the Cable Guy? I'm really beginning to hate CC and I'm sure they'll axe Important Things after its first season as well because their dumb execs 'don't get it'.

March 12 2009 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Justin's comment

Great point. I think Important things is one of the most creative shows out now, and you're spot on with the premonition of it's cancellation for the execs not 'getting it.'
I liked C news and DAG ran it smoothly, but maybe this might have been a financial decision more than a content issue. Let's hope at least management isn't that stupid

March 13 2009 at 1:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I dont think the showbiz show was cancelled. I heard Spade didn't feel like doing it anymore cause he had other stuff to do.

Also, I like DAG but i think all his characters were a little annoying. I hope he finds a better show to be in.

March 11 2009 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to screaminghello's comment

I liked the show.

March 11 2009 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn't David Alan Grier on Dancing with the Stars this season? Maybe Comedy Central could have used that exposure to unofficially promote Chocolate News?

March 11 2009 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, a Chinua Achebe reference...

That's hot.

March 11 2009 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Joseph's comment

'Cause it's black, like the show that was canceled. Yay!

March 11 2009 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Especially fitting for anyone who knows the plot of the book. Although I don't think David Alan Grier ended it the same way Okonkwo did

March 12 2009 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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