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Comedy Central picks up ‘Onion’

Comedy Central is picking up “The Onion Sports Network,” a satire on the world of sports.

The half-hour series, based on the online videos, will premiere in the first quarter of 2011.

Comedy Central bills the pilot and 10-episode series as taking on “teams, players, leagues, sycophantic fans, ridiculous products and over-hyped coverage.”

‘Treme’ to stay

HBO’s new drama “Treme” has been picked up for a second season just days after its premiere.

The series, co-created by David Simon (“The Wire”), tracks the lives of a diverse group of residents of the New Orleans neighborhood as they rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina.

Cast members include Wendell Pierce, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo and John Goodman.

“Treme” attracted 1.4 million viewers for its debut Sunday.

A ‘Shameless’ move

The long-running British TV drama “Shameless” is being adapted for Showtime with William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum leading the cast.

The premium cable channel has ordered 12 episodes of the series about a Chicago blue-collar family. Allison Janney (“The West Wing”) will have a recurring role.

No air date was announced.