spoiler: NBC reveals winner of Last Comic Standing 3 before finale airs.

spoiler: NBC reveals winner of Last Comic Standing 3 before finale airs.
Clearly, something happened to twist NBC’s undies in a huge bunch over Last Comic Standing 3. The network’s latest asshat move: Well in advance of the now-scheduled finale, which was kicked to Comedy Central after NBC cancelled the series, NBC revealed the winner on the show’s web site. That winner is (highlight to read) Alonzo Bodden. Examining the back story, E! Online reports that “Comedy Central picked up the one remaining episode–the finale–and slated it to air Saturday at 8 p.m. But the day after the deal was announced, NBC scooped the cable network that was airing its castoff.” Reality TV World reports that because of a “‘second window’ contract between NBC (part of the NBC Universal TV group owned by GE) and Comedy Central (part of MTV Networks owned by Viacom), Comedy Central appears to be limited to broadcasting the finale in the reality-TV ‘ghetto’ of Saturday night.” That led to “speculation that the only reason NBC produced a finale at all was that it would have been a breach of its ‘second window’ contract to not provide one.” Will the series be back next summer with its regular format? E! says, “An NBC spokeswoman refused to comment on whether Last Comic Standing might return for a fourth round of hilarious hijinks.”

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Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

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