Pulse TV Flashback 12/21/2004: Chappelle’s Premiere Delayed, New ABC Pilot

Inside Pulse launched on August 9, 2004, and has covered the world of television for over a decade. Every day, we take a look back at what was happening in the world of television 10 years ago, as reported right here at Inside Pulse!

Producer Tells ‘Amazing Race’ Contest To Cool It, ‘CSI’ Leads CBS To Ratings Win, ‘Swan’ Winner Declared

Unpredictable behavior by contestants is the lifeblood of unscripted TV series, and producers are usually pretty happy to document it, edit it and show it to the viewing public, without intervening.

On the current edition of “The Amazing Race,” however, executive producer Bertram van Munster says he felt compelled to talk to contestant Jonathan Baker after an incident that shocked fans of the show and sent message boards buzzing.

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Chappelle’s Premiere Delayed, AFI Picks ‘Friends’ Finale & Jon Stewart As Top 2004 Moments, New ABC Pilot

The third season of “Chappelle’s Show,” originally scheduled to premiere in February, has been pushed back to March or April. The late launch for the Emmy nominated Comedy Central hit has been traced back to its star’s health problems.

According to the New York Post, Dave Chappelle has been suffering from the flu and borderline walking pneumonia.

“Dave — and his entire production crew for that matter — got a bit of a late start on writing season three,” Tony Fox, the executive vice president of corporate communications at Comedy Central, tells the Post. “We’re behind on the writing. He was recently sick for more than a week. There had been a built-in hiatus in the production schedule for the holidays.”

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