'The Jeselnik Offensive,' 'Nathan for You' Renewed by Comedy Central

Anthony Jeselnik and Nathan Fielder's shows have both been granted a second season, with 10 episodes of the former's series set to begin in July as Fielder's effort is slated for 2014.
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Comedy Central is sticking with comics Anthony Jeselnik and Nathan Fielder.

The Viacom-owned cable network has renewed the duo's freshman efforts, The Jeselnik Offensive and Nathan for You, for a second season. Ten new episodes of the former are set to begin in July, while the same number of episodes of Nathan will bow in 2014.

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“Anthony and Nathan share dashing good looks and razor-sharp wit. One of them is also a humanitarian,” quipped Comedy Central's president of content development and original programming Kent Alterman in a statement announcing the news Friday.

"Sounds good," added Fielder, with Jeselnik chiming in: “I don't know what joke Kent Alterman attempted in this press release, but I'm sure it's terrible."

Both series premiered in February, as part of Alterman's aggressive push for more originals at the network. Jeselnik Offensive, which is executive produced by Jeselnik, head writer Tom Johnson, Krysia Plonka and Mosaic’s Christie Smith, offers a mix of audience-participation games (think: Which Kind of Asian Is This?), Jeselnik's wicked take on news and regular segments with guest panelists, including Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll and The Daily Show's Kristen Schaal. As a comic who will argue that there is no line (just ways to get across it), Jeselnik often uses the platform to tackle such "off-topic" topics as cancer, bullying and missing children through jokes. 

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For its part, Nathan, which is executive produced by Fielder, Michael Koman and Dave Kneebone, is billed as a docu-reality comedy. On his show, Fielder uses his real-life business degree and prior real-life experiences to help struggling companies with strategies that no traditional business consultant would dare to attempt. In one episode, he tried to drum up ideas to create buzz for a yogurt shop by introducing a “poo”-flavored offering.

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