Jon Stewart last night discovered/fell in love with CNN’s New Day Couch Sponsorship News-portunity, in which advertisers sponsor the morning show’s co-hosts as they walk from their desk to their couch. After fantasizing about the brainstorming session that produced the Couch Walk, headed by CNN chief Jeff Zucker (the guy who came up with “supersizing” for NBC’s primetime when he took over that network’s Entertainment, which kept that network in first place in the demo for a couple seasons, and allowed it to sell an extra ad break at Friends rates, while failing to develop the next Friends) including:
Walk to Couch
When Cats Tweet
Hot Thing/Cold Thing
Blitzer Kissing Booth
Cartoon Robot Sidekicks
Smell the News
All-Hologram Syria Coverage
Stewart announced The Daily Show was going to be rolling out sponsorship opportunities of its own, including:
Vaguely Justified Scatalogical Metaphor
Jon Stewart Crumpled His Script In Disgust.
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“Go fuck yourself,” Jon Stewart told the media — but, mostly, Fox News Channel – in response to an orchestra of news talking heads having pointed to Stewart’s snarking about the Affordable Care Act as proof of its failure. “If you’ve lost Jon Stewart you’re in trouble,” FNC’s Howard Kurtz said at the top of Stewart’s The Daily Show segment last night, followed by other mostly FNC talking heads and guests contributing plenty more where that came from:
* “I guess it was very significant that even Jon Stewart has turned against this.”
* “I can’t recall even Jon Stewart doing that before.”
* “When Jon Stewart and SNL are making fun of the job you are doing and the website, that speaks to the fact that young Americans are laughing at the secretary and the website.”
“If that causes things to end, why is the network you are on still on the air?” Stewart faux wondered aloud. “Don’t act like us making jokes about a certain program or the president is evidence that politician, or issue, has reached some tipping point for action,” he scolded, noting he’d also mocked former President Bush, VPOTUS Dick Cheney, etc. Read More »
The fake news show host took Jeff Zucker’s cable news network to the journalistic woodshed last night over their persistent use of the question “is that a good thing or a bad thing?” From politics to the Jody Arias trial to the economy and seemingly everything in-between, The … Read More »
Pivot — the millennial-targeting network launched in August to “entertain and inspire activism” among 18- to 34-year-olds with its “completely different approach to television,” including a “very f—ed up, weird reality talk show” (said Pivot president Evan Shapiro) — today announced that the host of that very f—ed up, weird reality talk show, Meghan McCain, will interview her dad, Sen. John McCain, for the first time.
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The interview, premiering Saturday, will feature Meghan asking Dad, among other things, how he turned “a crushing defeat into an inspiring comeback” during the ’08 presidential bid. In clips sent to the press today, Meghan also asked Dad how millennials “can overcome all the obstacles we are facing and still live a fulfilling life.” He said they need to be involved, but “it doesn’t have to be in the military,” ticking off a couple other ideas. More newsworthy, perhaps, Meghan asked Dad about his failed 2008 presidential race against now-President Obama and how he turned that concession speech — or, as Pivot at one point in its news release called it, his “confession speech” — from a “difficult moment into something that has turned out to be so beautiful.” Read More »
On Monday night, the government shutdown gave ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel one of his best man-on-the-street taped bits in awhile. Last night, it snapped The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart out of post-Rosewater phase (beware autoplay): Read More »
Stephen Colbert last night talked about his Comedy Central late-night show’s Primetime Emmy Award win for best variety series, snapping The Daily Show’s decade-long run in that derby. Meanwhile, Tina Fey wants to remind us about her wardrobe malfunction at the Emmy ceremony while promoting her upcoming hosting gig on the season debut of Saturday Night Live.
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More than 2 million people caught Jon Stewart‘s return to The Daily Show last night after taking most of the summer off. That’s a 24% improvement over the Comedy Central show’s year-to-date average with Stewart-hosted episodes (1.63 million). It’s Stewart’s second-best number this year. About 640,000 of last night’s crowd was aged 18-34 — the show’s target audience. That’s 22% better than Stewart episodes have averaged this year. In his final two weeks of original episodes before leaving to direct his first feature film Rosewater, Stewart averaged 1.415 million Daily Show viewers.
Some perspective: Daily Show’s biggest audience ever happened in October 2008 when presidential candidate Barack Obama was Stewart’s guest and the show clocked 3.6 million viewers, beating Michelle Obama’s appearance a few weeks earlier by about 600,000 viewers. It was the first time the show had ever cracked 3 mil. In ’10, Obama became the first sitting president to visit the show; 2.8 million tuned in at a time when the show was averaging 1.9 million.
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “I’ve missed you so much — you don’t know what it’s like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid fucking thing you do!” Jon Stewart said in his return to The Daily Show last night. Viewers, meanwhile, may still be missing Stewart. The comic-turned-fake news show faux-anchor returned from Jordan, where he spent a good chunk of the summer directing his first feature film, showing telltale signs of a comic who has been through a life-changing experience and feels he should be doing something more serious.
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After an opening taped bit in which his summer substitute John Oliver discovered how changed Stewart is, and tried in vain to get back the old Jon — instead turning him into Moses, Freddie Mercury, Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, and Hitler — Stephen Colbert is brought in and, for script purposes, successfully exorcised Stewart, so The Daily Show could start. Stewart took his anchor chair and brought out Oliver to receive praise. Not that Oliver needs it. He got great reviews filling in for Stewart this summer, which must have been a comfort to Viacom Entertainment Group President Doug Herzog tonight, knowing there can be life after Stewart for The Daily Show. Not that Herzog’s making plans to replace Stewart — but it’s got to be nice to know The Daily Show won’t fall off a cliff should this new Stewart just back from Jordon decide it’s time to move on.
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UPDATE, 2:11 PM: On his last night as interim host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, the guy TV critics have crowned Jon Stewart’s “heir apparent” and “just as effective … at 1/10th … Read More »
The Daily Show fill-in host John Oliver bows out after tomorrow night. He’s been covering for Jon Stewart since June 10, while Stewart took time off to direct his first film, Rosewater. Oliver’s been getting great reviews for his guest gig. And though this past Monday he told PBS’ Charlie Rose, “I don’t think it’s going to change my life”, and that his goal had been only “not to destroy that machine” during his brief tenure, it’s been a game changer for Viacom Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, whose empire includes Comedy Central, and who has learned from the experience that there can be life after Stewart. Not that anyone’s making plans to replace Stewart — but it’s got to be nice to know The Daily Show won’t fall off a cliff should the much-loved host who’s been the face of the franchise since January 1999 ever decide it’s time to move on.
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EXCLUSIVE: The debut directorial effort from The Daily Show host has added an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee to its cast. Shohreh Aghdashloo will play Moloojoon Bahari, the mother of the journalist played by Gael Garcia Bernal, in the Jon Stewart-helmed and -written Rosewater. Preparing to shoot in Jordan, the film is based on the 2011 memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity, And Survival by Maziar Bahari. Scott Rudin is producing with Stewart and Gigi Pritzker. Pritzker’s OddLot Entertainment is financing. Primarily based in Canada, the Iranian-born Bahari traveled to his native country to cover the disputed 2009 Presidential election only to find himself imprisoned by the authorities for 118 days. He was arrested in his mother’s Teheran home on June 21, 2009. Iranian-born Aghdashloo was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2003 for her performance in House Of Sand And Fog. Read More »
UPDATE, 3:33 PM: The Daily Show got a much-needed goose in its ratings with host Jon Stewart’s Skype appearance last night. More than 1.5 million tuned in — the show’s biggest crowd since June … Read More »
Jon Stewart, on hiatus from The Daily Show to shoot his feature directorial debut, Rosewater, popped in on his doppelganger Bassem Youssef in Cairo on Friday. Youssef hosts The Program (Al-Bernameg), a satirical news show that resembles Stewart’s own Comedy Central series; he’s also known as … Read More »
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won the Emmy for Best Variety Series for nine straight years. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV host Brian Corsetti about some nomination options for Emmy voters looking to shake things up a bit in a static category, including … Read More »
With longtime host Jon Stewart taking his first extended hiatus from The Daily Show, correspondent John Oliver took over the desk for the first Monday. The bespectacled Brit will host the venerable Comedy Central strip for eight weeks of original episodes while Stewart shoots his feature directing … Read More »
Here’s one way to ditch a dominant fandom for the next: On the eve of his Star Trek Into Darkness release and impending space jump to Disney‘s Star Wars Episode VII, avowed Star Wars kid J.J. Abrams took to The … Read More »
UPDATE: After I broke the news, Jon Stewart told the media his feelings about going from television to movies. ”I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 AM and having it out there at 6:30 PM … Read More »
The Daily Show host tore into the UK pubcaster last night, skewering the BBC’s handling of the unfolding sex-abuse scandal. He also takes aim at U.S. broadcasters, some of whom have described late TV host and alleged child molester Jimmy Savile as Britain’s Dick Clark.
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