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July 19, 2006
Comedy Central Grows A Pair

Ten days ago, I wrote about the conundrum faced by Comedy Central. The Emmy nominations came out that week, and the South Park episode "Trapped In The Closet" got picked for Best Animated Show. Unfortunately, Comedy Central had pulled the episode from the rotation after Isaac Hayes quit the show, complaining about the insensitivity of SP creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker towards his Scientology faith. Rumor has it that Tom Cruise, who gets mercilessly lampooned in the episode, pressured Comedy Central parent Viacom to pull "Trapped", allegedly threatening to stop promoting Mission Impossible 3.

I wondered whether Comedy Central would return "Trapped" to the rotation after receiving the honor from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Tonight, "Trapped" made its triumphant return to Comedy Central's rotation. I'm watching it now, and it will be on again at 11 pm CT. If you haven't yet seen the episode, be sure to tune in this evening.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 19, 2006 9:00 PM

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