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'Sarah Silverman' and 'Demetri Martin' Get Return Dates

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 28th 2009 11:23AM
Here's hoping Matt Damon has some space on his DVR, because it looks like he'll need it this February. No, not for the announcement of the Oscar nominations, but for something far more important: the return of Sarah Silverman.

Yes, according to TV Guide, Comedy Central has finally scheduled the third season premiere for 'The Sarah Silverman Program,' which will return to the airwaves on February 4 in the 10:30PM time slot. Silverman, who, of course, famously boasted of a (fictional) relationship with Damon on 'Jimmy Kimmel Show!,' has been off the air for well over a year while the network sorted out details of the show's return.Here's hoping Matt Damon has some space on his DVR, because it looks like he'll need it this February. No, not for the announcement of the Oscar nominations, but for something far more important: the return of Sarah Silverman.

Yes, according to TV Guide, Comedy Central has finally scheduled the third season premiere for 'The Sarah Silverman Program,' which will return to the airwaves on February 4 in the 10:30PM time slot. Silverman, who, of course, famously boasted of a (fictional) relationship with Damon on 'Jimmy Kimmel Show!,' has been off the air for well over a year while the network sorted out details of the show's return.

Those details now also include the second season of 'Important Things with Demetri Martin,' which will lead into 'Silverman' on Thursday nights. The abbreviated first slate of 'Martin,' which ran just seven episodes, proved to be a critical and ratings success, drawing a solid 2.5 million viewers for the series premiere last year. Since then, Martin has appeared in a number of films, including the somewhat disappointing 'Taking Woodstock,' but whether his higher profile will have an impact on viewership remains to be seen.

It's the return of Silverman, though, that is sure to have tongues wagging following last season's behind-the-scenes drama, which resulted from Comedy Central's decision to slash nearly a quarter of the show's production budget. That prompted Silverman and other execs on the offbeat comedy to threaten a walkout, which likely would have ended the cult favorite. The crisis was averted, however, when Comedy Central's sister network Logo, which caters to the gay community, stepped in to provide the additional funding in a unique deal that will see the series cross-promoted on both outlets.

Now that's a twist even the surrealistic Silverman couldn't have dreamed up.

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