'Mind of Mencia' and 'Reno 911' Returning this May
'Mind of Mencia' and 'Reno 911' Returning this May
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Comedy Central has decided to kick off its summer schedule with the return of Mind of Mencia and Reno 911.  Also included in the slate is newcomer Reality Bites, which is an "over-the-top satirical spoof of the reality genre."

May 21 marks the fourth season of Mind of Mencia, which returns on the airwaves after nearly nine months of hiatus since it last aired in September 2007.  Reno 911, on the other hand, is set to return on the May 22 for the back half of its fifth season.

Mind of Mencia, for those who are not familiar, is a sketch comedy series created and hosted by Carlos Mencia.  The show follows a similar format to another Comedy Central program, Chappelle's Show, but makes its distinction through live sketches and some extended stand-ups. The show usually opens with a small skit, followed by Carlos Mencia doing a stand up act.  After a few skits, the show usually ends with a small segment, parodies and a live sketch.

Also starring Joseph Mencia and Brad Williams, Mind of Mencia first premiered on July 6, 2005 with an initial order of 10 episodes.  But due to high ratings, Comedy Central ordered three more episodes for the pilot run.  Shortly after, the series was renewed for a second season, which aired in the spring of 2006.  The sophomore season of the show became the network's second highest rated program, with only South Park exceeding its viewership.  The show continued to reap success as it got renewed for a third season and ultimately, a fourth season.

Reno 911, on the other hand, is a show is loosely based on the FOX television show COPS, which follows actual police officers through their daily duties in which they often chase criminals and intervene in domestic disputes.  Described as a mockumentary-style parody of law enforcement, the show features members of a fictitious Reno Sheriff's Department, videotaped in the course of their duties, sometimes addressing the camera directly as though being interviewed.  It involves racy humor, including many jokes about race, sexual orientation, drugs and alcohol abuse, just to name a few.



-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Comedy Central, The Futon Critic
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