Frank TV Has Been Cancelled

Friday, March 06, 2009

Hallelujah! Look, I don't doubt that Frank Caliendo is a great guy and I never want anyone to lose work, but for the simple fact that TBS annoyed us with Frank TV ads for the last two MLB Playoffs, this is great news. According to Broadcasting & Cable, while TBS is axing the sketch show, there is good news for Frank. He's getting re-upped by FOX! You didn't think you'd get rid of him that easy did you?

TBS will not be bringing back his sketch comedy series Frank TV for another season, but he has a signed a new deal to continue his role with Fox NFL Sunday for another two years.

The TBS comedy series, which debuted in November 2007, gained notoriety early on mostly because it was heavily promoted by the network during its baseball playoff broadcasts that year, enough so that even Caliendo would joke about it in subsequent interviews.

That success led the network to order an additional 8 episodes in February of 2008. The network never got around to airing all eight when the show returned last October, however. TBS ended up airing only four new installments, with the last airing November 11.

But Fox Sports is confirming Caliendo’s Madden will return along with his other characters – ranging from Charles Barkley to Fox’s own Terry Bradshaw -- on Fox’s NFL coverage. Caliendo will continue to provide his taped pieces, at the end of which he offers predictions of that week’s games.
I guess I can handle that. As long as I don't see another Frank TV ad, I can take two minutes of him on NFL coverage. Even if the Madden thing is old, and his picks are dreadful. Okay that was wrong, but a great day all around for Sports fans if you ask me.

One Cancellation, One New Deal For Caliendo (Broadcasting & Cable)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 9:42 AM

9 Comments:

this is the greatest day of my life.

Dan W said...
Mar 6, 2009, 10:02:00 AM  

I've been rooting for a long time for Steve Phillips to lose his job. I have no regrets.

GMoney said...
Mar 6, 2009, 10:50:00 AM  

Amen! I never watched the show but just knowing I won't be seeing ads for it this fall is cause for celebration.

mattsara said...
Mar 6, 2009, 10:55:00 AM  

Damnit, now where I am gonna go for Dr. Phil impressions?

tgisports.com said...
Mar 6, 2009, 11:00:00 AM  

He actually had spilled the beans on this a few weeks ago to the Lawrence Journal-World in Kansas. Feb. 13:

Q: What’s on tap for the next season of “Frank TV”?

A: We’re not coming back. It hasn’t been announced, but we’re done. The time has come and gone for the show, unfortunately. ... We were on during election night, and we tanked. We never really came back hard after that.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/feb/13/big-impression-frank-caliendo-finds-his-comedic-vo/

Lied Center said...
Mar 6, 2009, 11:29:00 AM  

As great as this is, TBS will just replace the incessant Frank TV ads with incessant "Unwatchable Tyler Perry Show" ads.

Mar 6, 2009, 12:17:00 PM  

Which Unwatchable Tyler Perry Show? There will be two soon.

Bigface said...
Mar 6, 2009, 12:35:00 PM  

Not a fan, but I'd rather have Frank TV running through my head on a loop than watch one minute of that Tyler Perry show.

yournamehere said...
Mar 7, 2009, 2:19:00 AM  

Sadly, this likely means him on Lebatard's show more often.

mark said...
Mar 7, 2009, 3:02:00 AM  

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