Comedy Central Cancels ONION SPORTSDOME and SPORTS SHOW WITH NORM MACDONALD

     June 20, 2011

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Apparently sports and comedy just can’t seem to get along well enough for Comedy Central’s tastes. Deadline reports that the cable network has decided to cancel both of their recent attempts to lampoon the sports world by deciding against renewal of both Onion SportsDome and Sports Show with Norm Macdonald. Honestly, I didn’t find the former to be all that entertaining, but the latter (featuring my favorite host of the Weekend Update segments on Saturday Night Live) delivered a hilarious sports-based comedy show that I’m sad to see get the axe. Macdonald’s dry, deadpan delivery just cracks me up, and his take on news and sketches featuring various athletes really brought the laughs. Honestly it’s cancellation wouldn’t be out of place on the regular “What the H” segment.

Macdonald took the news in stride and has some ideas on how to save the show telling EW that there could be “an Internet campaign to save the show, almost like they do with shows about witches and vampires and aliens from outer space. Maybe I’ll call [the network] and ask them to bring it back. I’ll say, ‘Just bring it back. How much could it hurt television, really?’” He makes a valid point. After all, Desperate Housewives is still on the air, right? I’m pretty sure that’s actually hurting people.

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