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Comedy Central will air Dave Chappelle sketches

From wire reports

Dave Chappelle is back on Comedy Central – sort of.

The wildly popular comedian, who last spring walked off his show just weeks before its season premiere, will be on view in four episodes’ worth of sketches he filmed before his surprise departure.

The shows will air next April, May or June, the network said. A 2 1/2 -minute preview will be included in “Comedy Central’s Last Laugh ‘05” special Sunday at 9 p.m.

“It’s great material, and we think our audience is hungry for it,” said Comedy Central President Doug Herzog, noting that the last original episode of “Chappelle’s Show” aired in May 2004.

Chappelle’s disappearance spurred reports that he had mental or drug problems, but he later said he was unhappy with the show’s creative direction.

As for the network’s new plan, a Chappelle spokeswoman said: “Comedy Central is not going to obtain Dave’s return by releasing material that he has not approved or that doesn’t meet his standards.”

Vargas, Woodruff to anchor ABC

ABC has chosen Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff to take over its nightly newscast following the death of Peter Jennings.

Vargas, 43, and Woodruff, 44, who have been part of a rotation of fill-in anchors since Jennings’ death in August, will become the permanent co-anchors of “World News Tonight” starting next month. Vargas also will stay on as a co-anchor of “20/20.”

They’ll be the first multiple-anchor team on a network newscast since Dan Rather and Connie Chung’s time together on CBS in the mid-1990s.

Left out of the mix was veteran ABC newsman Charles Gibson, co-host of “Good Morning America.” Gibson, 64, reportedly was interested in the anchor job but could not reach an agreement with the network.

Vargas and Woodruff could attract younger viewers to a format that has one of the oldest audiences in television.

“This is the right team to take us forward,” said ABC News President David Westin. “My clear goal is to make sure we have the strategy for the future and not just the past.”

ABC plans to offer updated, live broadcasts of “World News Tonight” to the Mountain and Pacific time zones each night when Vargas and Woodruff take over, which will be a first among the Big Three evening newscasts.

It also will produce a daily webcast that will make some of the news team’s reporting available prior to its TV broadcast and include longer versions of some reports, along with a daily blog about the news-gathering process.

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