The real reason The Jeff Dunham Show went off the air

How is it possible for a show to go from drawing the biggest opening ratings ever for a network to cancellation in one season? That's easy: a breakdown in creative differences between the host and his cast. Unfortunately for Jeff Dunham, his cast is a bevy of inanimate puppets that he controls. So when creative differences break down between him and his cast, it's probably due more to a breakdown in cognitive faculties and a lack of strong anti-psychotic drugs than creative differences. Comedian Rob Lathan explained just how such a thing can happen in this Funny or Die video. Source & Video

Cancellation Buzz: 'Dunham Show' not renewed for Season 2

From THR: Jeff Dunham scored the most-watched series premiere in Comedy Central history, but his The Jeff Dunham Show won't return for a second season. Following Dunham's record-breaking October series debut that drew 5.3 million viewers, the puppet master's audience dropped 55% for episode two. His December episodes drew between 1.3 and 1.8 million viewers. Asked whether "Jeff Dunham" has been canceled, a Comedy Central spokesperson said, "We have no plans to renew the series at this time." Even near the end of his run, Dunham still earned a higher average rating than fellow Comedy Central series newcomer Daniel Tosh, whose series "Tosh.0" scored a 25-episode second season renewal. The difference is the cost of production -- and to some degree, critical reception. Dunham's series was part of a larger overall deal with Comedy Central, so the cable channel continues to be in business with the ventriloquist who is one of the highest-grossing standups in the country. Under Dunham's pact with the Comedy Central, he will topline another special for the network targeted for fall 2010, following his blockbuster 2008 special seen by 6.6 million viewers, as well as a tour, a DVD and consumer products release. Source

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 - Featured

* CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9/8c CBS) Nick, Greg and Hodges plan a special birthday outing for Henry (Jon Wellner), the lab's toxicologist, but their joy ride to obscure eatery Harry's Hog Hideout turns a bit more adventurous than they envisioned. At the rundown restaurant the guys uncover a body, a squirrelly raccoon, and some loco locals. * Bones (8/7c Fox) It's a family affair on tonight's episode when singer-actress Zooey Deschanel, Emily's younger sister, guest stars as Brennan's second cousin, Margaret. Margaret, who possesses a peculiar fascination with Ben Franklin, drops in out of the blue for Christmas, but since the distant relatives don't exactly hit it off, it wouldn't be surprising if Brennan turns to a "Poor Richard's" quote of her own: Fish and visitors smell in three days. Ryan O'Neal also guest stars as Brennan's father, Max. * The Jeff Dunham Show (9/8c Comedy Central ) Good ol' boy Bubba J may think he's got his drinking under control, but since it's really Jeff calling the shots, tonight's first-season finale finds our favorite pickled puppet trying to dry out with rehab expert Dr. Drew. Meanwhile, Achmed tries to bolster his ranks at a job fair, Peanut gets dating tips from a pick-up artist, and Walter apologizes to his wife for things he hasn't done - yet. * 30 Rock (9:30/8:30c NBC) It's Christmas at Rockefeller Center, and it might be Jack who receives the greatest gift of all. The tampering network exec fumbles around a new social-networking site, only to chance upon a former high-school flame (Julianne Moore). We then turn to Kenneth - the page who's all the rage - but there aren't many ho-ho-hos for him when he struggles to organize a holiday gift swap. In other holiday happenings, Liz sets out to buy a gift for the finicky Jack; and an aghast Jenna must share her yearly holiday solo performance. * It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10/9c FX ) Our sunny Philadelphians conclude their fifth season by doing one of the things they do best: drink to excess. It seems that they have been allowed to enter the City of Brotherly Love's flip-cup beer-drinking tournament (the Flipadelphia) after having been banned from it for 10 years. (One can only imagine why.) Unfortunately, their old rivals won't be competing. They have grown up. Guest stars include "Damages" murder victim Noah Bean and "Prison Break" alum Marshall Allman. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 - Featured

* The Office (9/8c NBC) Jim and Pam's Niagara Falls wedding two episodes past was quite the special humdinger - their clandestine exchange of rings aboard the wet-and-wild Maid of the Mist boat, next to the pounding pour of the falls, was the memorable kicker. Now dry, our newly married twosome return from their honeymoon haven tonight, only to get walloped with rough reality. That comes courtesy of Michael, who delivers stunning news regarding the identity of his newest sweetheart. Meanwhile, Dwight, looking to atone for years of tormenting Jim, makes a bizarre peace offering to his office nemesis. * FlashForward (8/7c ABC) If, as John Lennon sang long ago, you're "sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, shortsighted, narrow-minded hypocrites," you're not alone. In this aptly named "Gimme Some Truth" episode, Mark discusses his flash-forward when he's called to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about funding Wedeck's team. And if facing off with "neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians" isn't bad enough for him, an anonymous source feeds Olivia information about his vision. * The Jeff Dunham Show (9/8c Comedy Central) Tired of all the dummies on TV? Well, here are some that are actually worth watching. Ventriloquist-comic Jeff Dunham and his better halves, including the curmudgeonly Walter, skeletal terrorist Achmed and good ol' boy Bubba J, launch a new comedy series featuring stand-up performances and everyday interactions with real people. In tonight's premiere, Jeff and Walter see a therapist, Bubba J visits a gun club, and Peanut goes on a date with reality-TV star Brooke Hogan. * Project Runway (10/9c Lifetime Television ) With three Season 6 episodes to go until the two-part finale (which airs on Nov. 12), the show begins to iron out its dramas, keeping us in stitches all the while. Our clothiers have been feverishly busy at the needle this season. They've created red-carpet attire and hip pregnancy wear, they've made waves by sewing together surf stuff, turned the page and whipped up clothes cut from newspapers and, last week, spun out showy, shiny stage looks for pop princess Christina Aguilera. The action continues tonight, and with an episode title like "Around the World in Two Days," it should be a whirlwind odyssey, sew-business style. * The Real Housewives of Atlanta (10/9c Bravo ) Like sand through an hourglass, so are the days of our wives. Time says the reality soaper must conclude, and all is not well with the Georgia belles in tonight's Season 2 finale. Sheree anticipates the premiere of her long-awaited clothing line - but there are catcalls and catfights when NeNe duels with Kandi. Actually, there are quite a few no-no's for NeNe. After dealing with the man claiming to be her biological father, NeNe locks horns with two other folks - Gregg and Kim. Although this is the finale, there are still more wives' tales ahead when the first of a two-part reunion edition airs next week. Source Here