Online buzz for 'Conchords'

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In an encouraging sign for the upcoming second season of HBO's offbeat comedy "Flight of the Conchords," the premiere episode has raked in about 250,000 streams during its first 10 days on FunnyOrDie.com.

That is in addition to tens of thousands of views on HBO.com, which also showcases the season opener.

That's not too bad for a show that drew 950,000 viewers for its first-season finale and way better than the 100,000 views the first-season premiere scored last year on MySpace.

The promotional streaming of "Conchords" on Funny or Die marks the first such collaboration between the pay cable network and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's comedy Web site after HBO took an ownership stake in the Internet venture in June.

Getting online sampling alongside "Conchords" is another upcoming HBO comedy series, "Eastbound & Down." A trailer for the show, executive produced by Ferrell and McKay, runs after the "Conchords" episode.

In addition to earning instant cult status, "Conchords," starring the New Zealand music-comedy duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, has received critical buzz, including landing a spot among 10 finalists for the best comedy series Emmy this year. (partialdiff)
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