Comedy Central: Black Is In for Summer

Comedy Central renewed freshman series Lewis Black's Root of All Evil.

The renewal came as little surprise: The show debuted to the best numbers for a Comedy Central series premiere since Chapelle's Show in 2003, and it has gone on to be the top show with men 18-34 in its time slot (10:30 p.m.), according to the network.

The show only debuted in March and the "second season" is scheduled to begin July 30.

Root of All Evil -- which bills itself as putting pop culture on trial -- features Black presiding over a mock trial to determine which is more evil, say, the Catholic Church or Oprah Winfrey. The show grabbed 2.3 million viewers and topped the 18-24 and 18-34 male demos in the time slot in its debut and was second for the night behind its lead-in, South Park.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.