Facing cancellation, The Sarah Silverman Program got a last minute reprieve from Logo, the gay network who, like a broken clock, is correct two times a day. How’d this wackiness happen, you ask? Well, last weekend, Comedy Central’s president of original programing Lauren Corrao was all, “Oh no, we can’t do a 3rd season of Sarah Silverman because it costs too much money!” and then she called up her buddy, former Comedy Central executive Marc Leonard, who now is a senior executive at Logo and said, “Hey douchebag! You’re not doing anything with your money, why not give it to me? You know there’s a couple of gay characters on the show, right? I mean, they’re ironically gay and it’s sort of meant to be a joke, but whatever!”
And Leonard said, “Oh, Lauren– You so crazy” and handed her a bunch of cash that was supposed to go to Logo, but we all know they’d just spend it on something like, The Lesbian Breast Feeding Mommies Club, anyway.
What does Logo get out of the deal? Well, they’ll get to air the Sarah Silverman Program on the network, adding to their roster of other appropriated content that we’ve already seen elsewhere. I mean, we love Sarah Silverman as much as the next fag (read: a little less every day), but if Logo’s just going to be a piggy bank incentive to keep shows with tangentially gay characters on the air on other networks, why not just fold into GLAAD right now and call it a day?
“Things were tough on Friday and over the weekend,” said Comedy Central’s president of original programing Lauren Corrao, who headed the network’s efforts to keep “Sarah Silverman” on the air. “We very much wanted the show, we just couldn’t come to an agreement for a budget that was acceptable and uncompromising to the producers and that we could afford.”
Like every other entertainment company, Comedy Central’s Viacom parent has imposed companywide belt-tightening measures. As a result, Comedy central proposed picking up “Sarah Silverman” at an $850,000-per-episode budget for Season 3, down from $1.1 million for Season 2.
Concerned that the drastic reduction won’t allow them to keep the integrity of the single-camera comedy, which incorporates animation and musical numbers, Silverman and her fellow executive producers Dan Sterling, Ron Schrab and Heidi Herzon declined the offer.
In a surprising twist, Corrao came up with the idea early on Monday to share “Sarah Silverman” with another Logo, which caters to gay, lesbian and transgender viewers.
She called former Comedy Central executive Marc Leonard, now a senior exec at Logo.
After discussing the idea for several hours, Logo’s brass called up their Comedy Central counterparts to tell them they wanted to be part of the show.
Details on how the financial responsibility and the window sharing will be divided between the two partners are still being worked out, but sources said with the combined financing, “Sarah Silverman” will have a budget a tad higher than last season’s $1.1 million per episode.
Logo has run Comedy Central shows before, including animated series “Drawn Together,” but this the first time the two networks are involved in co-financing a series together.