It seems that David Alan Grier’s Chocolate News is following in the footsteps of D.L. Hughley’s CNN news show, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News. After a 10-episode run, the Comedy Central show has been cancelled.
Chocolate News features comedian Grier performing satirical commentary and sketches centered around current events and news stories. The episodes are said to reflect the comic’s view of world events, and one of the network’s press releases even went so far as to call it a show with an “African-American take on the news.”
In truth, the series focuses more on sketch comedy than news stories, with the host playing a variety of characters — from fictitious rappers to poet Maya Angelou. Series supporting players include Chris Tallman, Tangie Ambrose, Alphonso McAuley, Jordan Peele, Troy Curvey Jr., Paige Diaz, Luenell, Windell Middlebrooks, Janet Varney, and Gary Anthony Williams.
The un-PC comedy program debuted on October 15, 2008 and is produced by Grier, as well as Robert Morton, Fax Bahr, Adam Small, Peter Aronson, and Jordan Levin. The premiere was watched by 2.2 million viewers, more than tuned in to see The Colbert Report’s first episode. In addition, it ranked first for all of television among men 18-24 and number one in cable viewers among males ages 18-34.
Despite the show’s success, it’s now been confirmed that Chocolate News will not be returning for a second season. No reason was given for the cancellation. Traditionally, shows are not renewed because of a lack of viewers but, by all accounts, the series performed well for the network. In fact, a December 4th press release touted the success of the show and the fact that Chocolate News was number one in its timeslot among male cable viewers ages 18-34.
In any case, Grier is still keeping very busy. He can currently be found kicking up his heels on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Let’s hope he stays in the competition for longer than 10 episodes.
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