German Comedy Central goes dark

Channel has struggled since its debut in 2006

BERLIN -- Even Viacom doesn't understand German humor.

MTV Networks Germany is shutting down the German version of Comedy Central just two years after its launch. Comedy Central Germany will be folded together with kids channel NICK, starting next year.

Hit Nickelodeon shows including "Dora the Explorer" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" will be shown during the day, with more mature programming including "Futurama" and "Dharma and Greg" as well as Comedy Central's own "The Daily Show" and "South Park" filling up the evening slots.

Comedy Central has been struggling in Germany since its much-ballyhooed debut in 2006. Instead of branding itself as cutting edge, the German channel aired reruns of decidedly mainstream sitcoms like "The Golden Girls."

The channel also killed the jokes, in the opinion of many local TV critics, by dubbing such cult shows "Seinfeld" as "The Sarah Silverman Program" into German.
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