“There are years when you have strong comics and there are years when we can continue to audition and wait until the reserves replenish and (the show) has a reason to be,” Paul Telegdy, the network’s head of reality programming tells TheTVPage.com.
“It is a brand that the company owns, so it is not like somebody is running off to sell it to another network. It is a wholly owned brand of NBC Universal.”
Telegdy admits that standup comedy is “red hot” at the moment and that LAST COMIC STANDING has played a key role in launching the careers of performers including Amy Schumer.
“A lot of people have come through that as a part of a career,” he says.
“We don’t think it is the answer to a career, but it is a fun way to do comedy.”
Telegdy says the network is continuing to work on developing projects for the shows most recent winners Rod Man (2014) and Clayton English (2015).
LAST COMIC STANDING ran from 2003 to 2010 before originally being pulled from the air.
A retooled version, executive produced by Wanda Sykes, premiered in 2014 and ran for two seasons.
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