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Norm MacDonald developing show for Comedy Central

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Norm MacDonald, the former ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian who made a name for himself as an anchor of that show’s ‘Weekend Update’ segment, is working on a new project for Comedy Central.

MacDonald, who also had a brief stint as a sitcom star on ABC, most recently was in former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast mate Adam Sandler’s summer hit ‘Grown Ups.’

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The show would be a satirical look at the sports world. On board with MacDonald is Daniel Kellison, a veteran TV producer whose credits include ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘The Man Show,’ according to person familiar with the project. Mike Gibbons, a producer who has worked with both Craig Kilborn and Craig Ferguson at CBS as well as stints on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show and more recently on TBS’ George Lopez show ‘Lopez Tonight’ also is involved in the development of the show.

The project is still in early stages and has a long way to go before getting a green light from Comedy Central. It may face competition from another sports news spoof show that the Viacom-owned cable network is developing with The Onion, the satirical newspaper.

-- Joe Flint


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