'Talkshow' back for more

Fox renews Sat. chat/sketch hybrid

Fox has picked up its Saturday late-night program "Talkshow With Spike Feresten" for a second season.

Additionally the network is in talks to bring back the sketch comedy show "Mad TV" for a 13th season, but sources said the two sides remain far apart.

"Talkshow," hosted by former "Seinfeld" writer Spike Feresten, will continue to air in the midnight-12:30 a.m. time period unless a new deal for "Mad TV" is not reached.

"Spike has shown himself to be a unique voice in the late night comedy field and his show presents a refreshing alternative to the format," said Todd Yasui, Fox's senior vp late-night programming. "We're looking forward to watching him continue to grow as a performer."

"Talkshow," produced by Fox TV Studio, mixes elements of a talk show and comedy sketches.

"In Spike Feresten, we found that wonderful, rare combination of an original voice, comedic pedigree and likability," said Holly Jacobs, executive vp alternative development at FtvS. "We greatly appreciate Fox's support of the show and are thrilled that 'Talkshow' will have the opportunity to continue to entertain and build the late-night audience."

In its most recent airing, "Talkshow," which follows "Mad TV," ranked second in its time period among adults 18-34. It is executive produced by Feresten and Mike Gibbons.
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