A Comedy Central cable television network program featuring Brainerd alum Steve Sedahl has been picked up for a second season.
"Let's Bowl," a game-show parody on one of America's favorite pastimes, premiered on the cable network this August, starring Sedahl and Twin Cities actor Rich Kronfeld as the show's hosts.
Sedahl, a 1975 Brainerd High School graduate and former Central Lakes College student, helped develop the show with Kronfeld and producer Tim Scott.
Previous versions of the program have aired on local television outlets in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Reno before Comedy Central bought the show earlier this year.
Ten segments were shot in July and August at White Bear Bowl, a 1970s vintage suburban bowling alley, and 10 more have been ordered for the television season, starting next February, Sedahl said in an interview this week.
"Our ratings have been very consistently growing," he said, "and the key thing is that we have been able to maintain our demographic, the 24-to-45 age group."
"Let's Bowl" runs every Sunday night at 9:30 p.m., and is repeated at 11:30 p.m. Monday.
The bowling spoof has captured a loyal audience since its Aug. 19 debut. Comedy Central, cable television's only all-comedy outlet, is available to more than 72 million households nationwide, according to network figures.
Sedahl now lives in Eden Prairie with his wife Kris and 8-year-old son James. He learned his television skills during a four-year hitch in the Army from 1976 to 1980 and has built a successful career with a Minneapolis-based shopping network.
Sedahl returned to Brainerd in the late 1980s where he worked with area radio stations and started his own video production company.
His daughters from a previous marriage -- Staci, a BHS grad and now a junior at the University of Minnesota, and Lauren, a ninth-grader at Franklin Junior High School -- have grown up in Brainerd.
Shooting for the next season will begin in December in an undetermined Twin Cities location. Ten segments will be shot in time for a February debut, Sedahl said.
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