Jeff Dunham cancelled in Comedy Central red state purge

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Jeff Dunham cancelled in Comedy Central red state purge

About 50 years ago CBS ruled the roost with a series of shows that appealed to rural audi­ences such as Pet­ti­coat Junc­tion, ‚Bev­erly Hill­bil­lies, May­berry R.F.D., and Hogan’s Heroes. Around 1971 these shows were can­celed in what was called the Rural purge. They were all still pop­u­lar, all still suc­cess­ful but gen­er­ally paned by urban critics.

These shows con­tinue to make money in syndication.

Fast for­ward to 2009 and it looks like com­edy cen­tral has decided CBS had a point:

Achmed the Dead Ter­ror­ist has been all but buried on Com­edy Cen­tral. Press rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the net­work said on Tues­day that its hit series fea­tur­ing that con­tentious pup­pet — not to men­tion Jeff Dun­ham, the man with a hand up his back — will not be picked up for a sec­ond sea­son, con­firm­ing a report that appeared in The Hol­ly­wood Reporter.

Well it isn’t like the old days with only three net­works, a spe­cialty net­work like com­edy cen­tral has to cater to the shows that bring in the absolute high­est rat­ings not just red state stuff…oh wait:

The deci­sion comes as a bit of a sur­prise given that “Jeff Dunham’s Very Spe­cial Christ­mas Spe­cial,” a per­for­mance shown on Com­edy Cen­tral in 2008, is that channel’s most-​viewed broad­cast ever, draw­ing 6.6 mil­lion view­ers, and the pre­mière of “The Jeff Dun­ham Show” was watched by 5.3 mil­lion viewers.

Well ok it had mil­lions of view­ers a whole lot more than the entire MSNBC lineup, but it’s not as if it was in response to the deci­sions of urban critics…oh wait again:

A widely read post on the Web site videogum​.com declared, “‘The Jeff Dun­ham Show’ Is the Worst Thing in the Entire World.” In The New York Times, Neil Gen­zlinger wrote, “Offen­sive­ness is a muta­ble thing, espe­cially on tele­vi­sion, where every­thing is inter­change­able: a Lewis Black joke could be a Jay Leno joke could be a Jeff Dun­ham joke.”

So bot­tom line a niche net­work chooses to can­cel a show that still brought in mil­lions of view­ers after crit­ics pan it.

I guess com­edy cen­tral isn’t immune to PC.

Update: Wel­come Salon read­ers, I haven’t quite fig­ured out what this post has to do with the arti­cle that linked me but wel­come just the same. Feel free to check out my week­end Ama­zon Reviews. Read a Mass­a­chu­setts Republican’s take on the Brown Coak­ley race. Check out my Dr. Who End of Time rant and read my poetic answer to Al Gore.

About 50 years ago CBS ruled the roost with a series of shows that appealed to rural audiences such as Petticoat Junction, ,Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D., and Hogan’s Heroes. Around 1971 these shows were canceled in what was called the Rural purge. They were all still popular, all still successful but generally paned by urban critics.

These shows continue to make money in syndication.

Fast forward to 2009 and it looks like comedy central has decided CBS had a point:

Achmed the Dead Terrorist has been all but buried on Comedy Central. Press representatives for the network said on Tuesday that its hit series featuring that contentious puppet — not to mention Jeff Dunham, the man with a hand up his back — will not be picked up for a second season, confirming a report that appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

Well it isn’t like the old days with only three networks, a specialty network like comedy central has to cater to the shows that bring in the absolute highest ratings not just red state stuff…oh wait:

The decision comes as a bit of a surprise given that “Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special,” a performance shown on Comedy Central in 2008, is that channel’s most-viewed broadcast ever, drawing 6.6 million viewers, and the premiere of “The Jeff Dunham Show” was watched by 5.3 million viewers.

Well ok it had millions of viewers a whole lot more than the entire MSNBC lineup, but it’s not as if it was in response to the decisions of urban critics…oh wait again:

A widely read post on the Web site videogum.com declared, “‘The Jeff Dunham Show’ Is the Worst Thing in the Entire World.” In The New York Times, Neil Genzlinger wrote, “Offensiveness is a mutable thing, especially on television, where everything is interchangeable: a Lewis Black joke could be a Jay Leno joke could be a Jeff Dunham joke.”

So bottom line a niche network chooses to cancel a show that still brought in millions of viewers after critics pan it.

I guess comedy central isn’t immune to PC.

Update: Welcome Salon readers, I haven’t quite figured out what this post has to do with the article that linked me but welcome just the same. Feel free to check out my weekend Amazon Reviews. Read a Massachusetts Republican’s take on the Brown Coakley race. Check out my Dr. Who End of Time rant and read my poetic answer to Al Gore.