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Silverman's show canceled

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  May 12, 2010 07:15 AM

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Comedy Central is not going to renew "The Sarah Silverman Program," which just finished its third season. Despite a Twitter campaign to save the show, and despite the fact that Silverman was nominated for a lead actress Emmy last year, the network is just saying no. There was talk of cancelation after season 2, but Logo ended up splitting costs with Comedy Central and 10 news episodes were ordered. But no such rescue deal appears to be in the works right now.

To be honest, this is not a bad thing. I really love Sarah Silverman, and I have had a lot of positive things to say about her series, but this last season did lag a bit by the end. I'm happy to have a couple of dozen episodes to go back to, rewatch, and laugh at; why do we think that surviving three seasons is some kind of failure? I always remember that the original version of "The Office" and "Extras" lasted only two very short seasons, and both of those series are classics. 

I'm hoping Silverman finds another TV vehicle before long. As Bill Maher told her last fall on "Real Time," "You’re amazing because you’re willing to unsettle an audience. Anyone can come out and tell people what they want to hear, but you’re willing to scare them." I agree with him. Silverman is a great ironist-provocateur.

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