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.
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.