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Comedy Central Decides Not To Renew 'Jeff Dunham Show'

Comedy Central has announced that it won't be renewing 'The Jeff Dunham Show' for a second season.

The show, which featured comedian Jeff Dunham and his repertoire of puppets, attracted plenty of attention when it premiered in October.

In fact, it's debut set a season premiere record for the network. However, ratings fell by more than 55% for episode two.

And even though the show ended up maintaining a higher average than other programs on the cable channel, Comedy Central says its higher production cost, and the less than positive reception by critics, ultimately played a big role in their decision.

'The Jeff Dunham Show' show centered around Dunham's interaction with the characters that he uses in his ventriloquism act, such as Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, Bubba J and Jose Jalapeno on a Stick.

The season one finale aired earlier this month. The series was part of a multi-platform deal Dunham signed in March that included further stand-up specials, DVDs, a consumer product partnership, and an upcoming tour.

Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani confirms the network still hopes to "be in business with Jeff in a big way."

December 30, 2009 |

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