Two More Years for Chappelle, Comedy


Chappelle's Show must go on -- at least through 2006.

Comedy Central said Monday that it has extended Dave Chappelle’s contract, and his Emmy Award-nominated series will return for 13-episode third and fourth seasons.

Chappelle will continue as star, co-creator, writer and executive producer, along with Neal Brennan returning as co-creator, writer and executive producer.

Chappelle will also develop new programming ideas for the network.

During its second season, the series averaged a 2.2 household rating and some 3.1 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

It was cable’s leading show among adults 18-49 and total viewers in its 10 p.m. Wednesday time slot, and it topped all of television with males 18-34 in that period.

“Comedy Central is the rightful home for Chappelle's Show and Dave's unique and provocative brand of humor, and we look forward to several more years of success with Dave and his talented team of producers and performers,” senior vice president of original programming and head of development Lauren Corrao said in a prepared statement.