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Comedy Central picks up Norm MacDonald series

Norm MacDonald (left) and Adam Sandler (right) are shown in a scene from the 2002 movie, 'Billy Madison.' (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures / Robert Simonds Productions)

February 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and "Weekend Update" anchor Norm MacDonald will be in a sports news show.

MacDonald will star in "Sports Show with Norm MacDonald" on Comedy Central. The network announced Wednesday that it's picking up the series and ordering eight episodes.

Comedy Central said the show will feature MacDonald's "comedic take on the most topical and controversial stories from the sports world."

The show will be taped in front of a live studio audience and is set to premiere in April.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.