- - Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jimmy Kimmel, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey and Lily Tomlin have signed on to honor Ellen DeGeneres with tribute performances as she wins the nation’s top humor prize.

The Kennedy Center is awarding Miss DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 22. The show will be broadcast on PBS stations Oct. 30.

The lineup also includes John Krasinski, Sean Hayes and Jason Mraz, the Associated Press reports.

Miss DeGeneres began her career as a comedy club emcee in her native New Orleans. Soon after, she became the first female comedian summoned to late-night host Johnny Carson’s desk to chat.


In 1997, Miss DeGeneres made history as the first prime-time TV lead character to reveal she’s gay.

The prize honors Mark Twain’s tradition of satire and social commentary.

NBC gives three new series full-season commitment

NBC has given an early sign of approval to three of its new series, handing each a full-season commitment.

The network announced Tuesday it is picking up for a full-season order the adventure-drama “Revolution” and the comedies “Go On” and “The New Normal,” the Associated Press reports.

The network said “Revolution,” from producer J.J. Abrams, has averaged a healthy 9.8 million viewers in its first three airings. “Go On,” which stars Matthew Perry, is averaging 8.6 million viewers thus far.

“The New Normal,” from producer Ryan Murphy, is averaging 6 million viewers.

This fall, NBC is launching six new series, including the yet-to-premiere “Chicago Fire.” The 2012-13 season officially began Sept. 24.

Cartoon Network marks 20 years on the air

It’s been a long, strange 20 years for the Cartoon Network, which has flourished during a time when animation traced its way from the likes of “Scooby-Doo” to the racy, trippy fare now shown on Adult Swim.

The network is celebrating itself all month with on-air tributes, starting with a video released Monday that features more than 100 characters that have appeared on the channel coming together in a ravelike dance party, the Associated Press reports.

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