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MTV Networks Launches The Comedy Awards, 'Big Bang Theory' Star to Guest on 'Entourage' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 10th 2011 6:15PM
Comedy Central logoBe prepared to laugh on April 10, when five MTV Networks channels air the first-ever Comedy Awards.

MTV Networks and Comedy Central are launching a new award ceremony to honor all things funny. According to the press release, "the year's best comedy actors, films, television series and digital content" will be singled out, and awards will go to writers, directors, actors and "pioneering legends."

The nominees will be hand-picked by a board of directors, which includes James Burrows, Billy Crystal, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Brad Grey, Seth MacFarlane, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Rory Rosegarten and Phil Rosenthal, among others.

The ceremony, which will be taped March 26, will air on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite.

In other TV news ...

Speculation about the end of 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' may have been premature. A spokesperson for TLC said no decision has been made yet. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Wipeout' would love for 'Modern Family' star Jesse Tyler Ferguson to compete on the show. The actor said a few months ago that he'd love to appear, and 'Wipeout' producers say he's welcome anytime. [TVLine]

'The Big Bang Theory' star Johnny Galecki will guest on 'Entourage' next season. He'll play a "tougher" version of himself who might have a dalliance with Eric's love, Sloan. [E! Online]

Showtime's new programming slate performed well last night. 'Californication' had its highest season premiere ever, and the new 'Episodes' held on to 91 percent of the audience for its premiere. 'Shameless' had the network's biggest drama debut in seven years. [THR]

New channel Disney Junior will launch on Feb. 14. The cable network, which targets kids aged 2-7, will replace SoapNet and air lots of new animated fare. [Deadline]

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