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Comedy Central's Graveyard of One-Season Sketch Shows

This week on "The Good, The Bad, and the Deeply Strange," my exploration of Comedy Central's short-lived shows, I’m looking at the sketch shows that only lasted one season. In the last installment, I dove into the deep well of reality and mockumentary shows. In the sketch department, there was a huge variance in quality from show to show; the good, the bad, and the strange are each well represented here.

All of the shows with full write-ups below are available on Amazon Instant Video for the curious, and all the shows without write-ups aren’t available anywhere, for better or worse. 

A Chris Hardwick-Produced Weekly Magic Variety Show Might Be Coming to Comedy Central

Comedy Central might be getting a comedy/variety/magic show. According to Deadline, the network has given a pilot order to Sleight of Mouth, a weekly show produced by Chris Hardwick and hosted by comedian/magician Justin Willman that will fuse magic, sketch comedy, and @midnight-style social media interaction. Each week, Willman — who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Chelsea Lately, and more — will "tackle a thought-provoking topic with sketches, social experiments, guest comedians, and interactive content." Click through to watch Willman appear on The Tonight Show back in December.

How 'Nathan for You' Brilliantly Blows Up Reality TV

Popularized by The Office in the early 2000s, the “mockumentary” format has become the common TV style choice to tell loose, location-based, low-concept, character-driven comedies. However, aside from the interview cutaways and the cheeky Jim Halpert camera looks, shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation never truly embrace the idea that their presentation format is documentary or that their characters are anything but fictional.

Nathan For You, created, written, and directed by Nathan Fielder and now in its second season, is much more dedicated to being a true parody of the documentary/reality form both visually and thematically. Set up like a workplace improvement show in the vein [...]

Stephen Colbert Unveils His New iPhone Game 'I'd Tap That!'

After learning about the ridiculous amount of money Kim Kardashian is making off her new celebrity-themed iPhone game, Colbert decided to create his own app last night called I'd Tap That!, which doesn't seem as addictive as Kardashian's app but at least is more up front about its money-grubbing.

The Good, the Bad, and the Deeply Strange: Comedy Central's One-Season Wonders

Comedy Central cancels a lot of shows. Enough that Daniel Tosh was able to shout one out in every episode of the first five seasons of Tosh.0 (“We’ll be right back with more Michael and Michael Have Issues”). Tosh’s show has thrived, but what about the supposedly failed shows he mocked? Were any of them good? Why did so many of them only last one season? What if they were supposed to only last one season? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a look at all the Comedy Central shows that lasted just one season.

First up: the reality and mockumentary genre. 

Watch David Cross Fool Reggie Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Paul Scheer, and Nick Kroll with a Magic Trick

Here's a deleted scene from The Meltdown, in which David Cross fools Reggie Watts, Jim Gaffigan, Paul Scheer, and Nick Kroll with the most amazing card trick ever. How does he do it?

Nathan Fielder Tries to Improve a Dating Website in This 'Nathan for You' Sneak Peek

Here's a clip from tonight's new episode of Nathan for You in which Fielder is tasked with helping a dating website attract more women. It might be an extremely sexist idea, but who cares about sexism when women are constantly getting murdered by their creepy dates?

'Nathan for You's Dumb Starbucks Episode Is Finally Here, and He's Selling His Parody Art on eBay

Nathan for You's Dumb Starbucks episode aired last night, but before opening up the store Fielder had to prove — for legal reasons — that he had a history of making parody art. To do this, he first hooked up with the LA coffee shop owner he originally intended to help to write some parody songs, but soon after he decided to pursue a parody art career on his own, which you can check out in the above clip. Fielder also announced today that the show is auctioning off his parody art pieces on eBay for charity, so if you've always dreamed of a "T.G.I. Fart" sign hanging on [...]

Larry Wilmore Drops in on 'The Daily Show' to Talk Police Brutality

After The Colbert Report ends at the end of the year, Larry Wilmore will be taking over the time slot with his new show The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore. While none of this was mentioned when he returned for a brief police brutality commentary as Senior Black Correspondent on last night's Daily Show, it's still a hint at the kind of coverage we can expect from Wilmore next year — and also worth watching for Jon Stewart's uncomfortable laughter.

Comedy Central Renews 'Nathan for You' and 'Drunk History'

Comedy Central has just announced that they've renewed both Nathan for You and Drunk History for third seasons. These renewals come on the heels of recent renewals for Broad City, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Review, and TripTank, giving the network a seriously impressive lineup of critically acclaimed comedies that are being given chances to grow across multiple seasons. Hey, keep it up, CC!

Both Nathan for You and Drunk History are in the middle of their second seasons now, with new episodes airing on Tuesday nights. Check out our recent interviews with Nathan Fielder and Drunk History creator Derek Waters.

Bill Gates Explains the Difference Between DOS and XP in This 'Nathan for You' Deleted Scene

Nathan for You's favorite Bill Gates impersonator made an appearance during last night's episode, and Comedy Central just posted the above deleted scene in which Fielder asks him to describe the transition between DOS and later operating systems like Windows 95 and XP. True to his role, the Gates impersonator is very professional with his response and gives Fielder a rambling answer about blogs and adjustable screen size.

Comedy Central Sets Premiere Dates for 'South Park,' 'Adam Devine's House Party,' and More

Comedy Central set its fall lineup premiere dates today, and in addition to the previously announced fourth season premiere of Key and Peele on September 24th at 10:30pm, according to Deadline the network has lined up the 18th season premiere of its Emmy-winning hit South Park the same night at 10:00pm. It's been a big year for South Park with the release of a video game, comprehensive episode library on Hulu Plus, and one of its strongest seasons yet.

In other Comedy Central premiere date news, Tosh.0 will return with new episodes on Tuesday, August 26th at 10:00pm, Tosh's animated series Brickleberry will kick [...]

Paul Scheer Is Hosting an Interactive Improv Sketch Show for CC:Studios

Comedy Central's digital wing CC:Studios has greenlit a new improv sketch show that will take audience suggestions via Twitter. Titled CC: Social Scene, the six-episode series is hosted by Paul Scheer and features improv performers from both The Groundlings (Lee Newton, H. Michael Croner) and UCB (Lilan Bowden, Jacob Womack, Jeff Sloniker, Barak Hardley), who improvise scenes based on Twitter suggestions using the hashtag #CCSocialScene. CC: Social Scene will debut a new episode each week, and you can catch the first installment "Worst Breakup Lines" below:

Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Forte Are '80s Chic in the 'Moonbeam City' Trailer

Back in January, Comedy Central announced that they had picked up Moonbeam City, an animated Miami Vice-style parody from Funny or Die and Conan writer Scott Gairdner, and the first trailer is now online. Starring Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte, and Kate Mara as a team of undercover cops with wonderfully tacky names, Moonbeam City looks like the perfect show for Lisa Frank fans and gritty cop drama fans alike and is slated to premiere in spring 2015.