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Comedy Central gets 'Onion' pilot

Ten episodes ordered; scripted series to debut in Q1 2011

Comedy Central has given a series order to its "Onion Sports Network" pilot, bringing the popular satiric newspaper and Web site to the network.

Ten episodes have been ordered of the scripted series, which will debut in first quarter next year. The series will take on teams, players, fans, products and over-hyped coverage.

"The Onion has such credibility in the comedy world, we feel fortunate to partner with them," said Kent Alterman, head of original programming for the network. "They will skewer the sports world, and the media coverage of sports, with the same sharpness we've seen applied to the world of politics and popular culture."

"The Onion Sports Network teaming up with Comedy Central?" said Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion. "If I were ESPN, I'd consider a whole new line of work."