TBS stands up for 'Frank'


"Frank TV" has made a big impression on TBS.

The cable network has ordered eight more episodes of the late-night sketch comedy show starring comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo.

The series, slated to return this year, combines stand-up pieces shot before a live audience and segments shot on location, with Caliendo doing impersonations of John Madden, Jack Nicholson, President Bush and others.

"Frank TV" drew 3.2 million total viewers to its November premiere, including 2.1 million in adults 18-49, setting records for a late-night original series launch in cable, according to Nielsen Media Research. Overall, the show significantly improved TBS' performance in the 11 p.m. slot, averaging 2.1 million total viewers, including 1.4 million in the demo, for its initial eight-episode order.

"Frank has a very appealing everyman sensibility," said Michael Wright, senior vp in charge of the content creation group for TBS, TNT and TCM. "He laughs at the same things we all laugh at in the popular culture around us, and the show's sketches catch that comedic point of view perfectly."

"Frank TV," from TBS Prods., is executive produced and written by Caliendo, Matt Wickline and John Bowman, with Barry Katz also executive producing.
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