Comedy Central has dodged a bullet with one of its hit series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Sarah Silverman Program has been picked up for a third season by Comedy Central, ending a four-day heated struggle over budgetary concerns.
The network has picked up co-financing for the show from its sister network, Logo, which put to rest four days of heated debate over the show. When Comedy Central was forced to slash the budget of the show by 20%, executive producers Silverman, Dan Sterling, Ron Schrab and Heidi Herzon declined the network's offer, and it seemed the show might have been the first major series to fold due to the economic crisis.
The network, which is owned by MTV, sought out another MTV network, Logo, who agreed to be a part of the show. Details on the financial responsibilities from both networks were undisclosed, but it was said the show's budget of $1.1 million per episode will get a slight boost now, as opposed to the $850,000-per-episode budget Comedy Central originally offered.
"We're happy," Silverman said. "All we ever wanted was just to make our show. Nothing fancy -- just our show."
The network has now ordered 10 episodes for the series' third season. It was said that writing was to begin on the new season shortly and they are eyeing up a third season premiere in the first quarter of 2010.