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Comedy Central Picks Up 'Goode Family,' 'Sit Down, Shut Up' Repeats

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 28th 2009 3:30PM
The Goode FamilyComedy Central is looking to continue their expansion into the world of animation. With new episodes of 'Futurama' heading to the network in 2010 after Fox initially canceled the series back in 2003, fans of 'The Goode Family' and 'Sit Down, Shut Up' may have reason for hope.

Despite being canceled by ABC and Fox respectively, Variety reports that Comedy Central has picked up repeat rights for 'Goode' and is negotiating to add 'Sit Down' to their schedule as well.The Goode FamilyComedy Central is looking to continue their expansion into the world of animation. With new episodes of 'Futurama' heading to the network in 2010 after Fox initially canceled the series back in 2003, fans of 'The Goode Family' and 'Sit Down, Shut Up' may have reason for hope.

Despite being canceled by ABC and Fox respectively, Variety reports that Comedy Central has picked up repeat rights for 'Goode' and is negotiating to add 'Sit Down' to their schedule as well.

However, unlike 'Futurama,' these deals are currently for the repeats only. Nevertheless, as we've seen with both 'Family Guy' and 'Futurama' now, huge ratings in cable syndication can bring an animated series back from the dead. It's unlikely, but nothing is impossible.

In the case of 'The Goode Family,' the important thing for Comedy Central is that it establishes a working relationship with creator Mike Judge, who was also the man behind 'Beavis & Butt-head' and 'King of the Hill.' As Comedy Central continues looking for more original animated series, having a successful creator like Judge in your digital rolodex can come in handy.

Even if 'The Goode Family' doesn't resonate well enough with Comedy Central viewers to warrant additional new episodes, there are surely other ideas in Judge's head. After Fox unceremoniously dumped 'King of the Hill' last year, and ABC couldn't find traction with 'Goode,' Judge might be willing to return to his roots in cable.

Sit Down Shut UpAs for 'Sit Down, Shut Up,' while there's no deal in place yet at Comedy Central, the star-studded voice talent attached -- including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Kristin Chenoweth, and Henry Winkler among others -- would make it a solid addition for the comedy network. Its more subversive nature might also be a better fit on cable than it was on broadcast television.

Plus, it puts Comedy Central in business with creator Mitch Hurwitz, who was also the man behind the critically-lauded 'Arrested Development.' While there's virtually no chance of 'Arrested Development' finding new life on Comedy Central, considering it's headed for the big screen, that doesn't mean Hurwitz might not be open to developing other shows for them.

Fox is currently airing repeats of 'Sit Down, Shut Up' on Saturday nights while awaiting the launch of 'The Wanda Sykes Show.' November 7, 2009.

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