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Cartoon Network and, ironically, ABC Family Channel were ranked most violent by Bozell's workers. Disney Channel was the least violent on the Bozell-o-Meter, with an average of fewer than one instance per hour.

Violence in cartoons is nothing new, the study acknowledged in its wrap-up.

"What has changed is that the violence is ubiquitous, often sinister, and in many cases, frighteningly realistic," it continued, noting the influence of Japanese anime on children's cartoons.

"We do realize that this is probably not a deliberate effort to undermine the social fabric of young children," Bozell said in a statement issued with the study, "but this thoughtlessness still produces the same end result."

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Our long nightmare is over.

NBC announced yesterday that Anthony Clark will host the next edition of "Last Comic Standing," which will air this summer.

That means not only that Jay Mohr, who had a very public falling out with NBC over the show and whose shoulder chip seemed to be growing at an alarming rate, will not be back, but also, and more important, the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear" must finally be close to being put out of our misery.

Surely CBS would never allow the star of one of its prime-time series to star in a series for a competing network? Determined to get to the bottom of this important, important story, we called a CBS rep, who confirmed for The TV Column that, yes, "Yes, Dear" will not return next season.

(Insert Happy Dance here.)

Mohr was widely presumed to be gonesville after publicly dissing NBC when the network yanked "Last Comic Standing" with just one episode remaining in its third edition.

That episode, of course, being the one in which the winner of the competition was going to be revealed. And if that's not a big nose-pick at viewers, I don't know what is.

"Amazing. Why would a network cancel a show with only one episode left?" Mohr asked -- reasonably we thought -- on his Web site.

Especially since NBC had rushed the third edition, in which comics from the first two seasons returned to have it out, for fall 2004 after the second edition (on which, by the way, Clark served as a judge in the early episodes) did great numbers over the summer.

The final episode of the third edition finally did air -- on Comedy Central.

Clark has starred for six seasons on "Yes, Dear," for which he has our sympathy.


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