For years in the 1990s, Comedy Central was considered nothing more than an incubator for late-night talent. Its first notable weeknight late-night show, Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher, originated there and ran for three years — from 1993-96 — before ABC snatched it to get into the late-night talk-show game. Maher’s successor at ABC, Jimmy Kimmel, also is a Comedy Central discovery, having gotten his start as host on the network’s Win Ben Stein Money and then The Man Show. Before Politically Incorrect left Comedy Central, it helped launch The Daily Show, which premiered behind PI at 11:30 PM before moving to the tentpole 11 PM slot. Back then, the Daily Show had Craig Kilborn as a host. In 1998, he was poached by CBS as a host of the Late Late Show. Sixteen years later, CBS once again is reaching out to Comedy Central’s Daily Show franchise to replenish its late-night ranks, this time drafting the former Daily Show regular and current host of spinoff The Colbert Report to succeed David Letterman on the Late Show.
A lot has changed over those 16 years. Since Jon Stewart replaced Kilborn at the helm of The Daily Show in January 1999, the show has risen to become a late-night leader. It became a top late-night choice for younger viewers and, with the addition of spinoff The Colbert Report in 2005 to form a 11 PM-midnight block, Comedy Central evolved from a late-night poaching ground to a force to be reckoned with. The two shows became pop culture phenomenons and strengthened their hold on the younger crowds by embracing the Internet and social media before most of their late-night competitors. They have enjoyed buzz as well as critical acclaim, with their Emmy dominance nothing short of staggering. The Daily Show won the best variety series category for a record 10 consecutive times before its streak was ended last year by The Colbert Report to give Comedy Central 11 consecutive victories. (It’s worth mentioning that it was the man Colbert is replacing, David Letterman, who ruled the top variety category before Comedy Central’s dynamic duo kicked off their dominant run with five consecutive trophies.) In the variety series writing category, The Daily Show and Colbert Report have won 10 of the past 11 years.
“Today, satellite data seemed to confirm the worst,” Jon Stewart said of the latest missing-plane news. “I think we all feared this story would end in tragedy and so, early on, we turned to the news media for a sense of sober clarity,” Stewart said. Kidding! Watch here:
It’s safe to say that finally losing out on the Emmy last year didn’t ruin anyone’s career. Quite the contrary. Amid a flurry of promotions on Comedy Central’s late-night staple, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has given three series veterans their executive producer stripes. Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz and Adam Lowitt are the new EPs alongside host Jon Stewart. All three of the Daily Show’s new exec producers were with the show throughout its entire 10-year run as Emmy winner for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy series. Bodow started as a writer in 2002 and worked his way up to co-EP in 2011. Flanz joined the show as a production assistant in 1998 and also was named co-EP in 2011. Lowitt came aboard as a postproduction assistant and makes the jump to EP from supervising producer, a job he landed in 2012. The show also said today that Tim Greenberg and Hillary Kun have been upped to co-executive producers, Justin Melkmann to supervising producer and Elliott Kalan to head writer. Meanwhile, over at the “rival” Colbert Report, Emily Lazar – who has been with the defending Emmy champ since its 2005 launch — has been named co-executive producer. Here’s the Daily Show release: Read More »
“As a student of history one of the things we’ve learned is that the mightiest dynasties eventually crumble,” Jon Stewart said last night on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, launching into a report on the “trouble for the preeminent dynasty of our age” after A&E Network put Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on hiatus for incendiary remarks in a GQ interview. “I think what the guy said is ignorant but I also have an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant shit on television doesn’t get you kicked off that medium,” Stewart said of Robertson (watch the segment below). “I guess I stand with the free speech absolutists of Fox News who don’t believe we should pressure people to have to adhere to cultural norms of speech.”
“This is a terrible day for Americans although admittedly a great day for ducks,” Stephen Colbert chimed in on his show, reading some of the quotes from the interview and adding, I’ll admit it’s not he eloquent speech you’d expect from a backwoods Louisiana duck murderer.” He added: “He’s taught us so much, like like this little bit of eternal wisdom: ‘If you catch squirrels for your woman, your woman will never cut you off in bed’.” The real party to pity, Colbert said, is A&E. “With this controversy, they may have just lost Duck Dynasty’s massive black and gay audience.”
“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 »
CBS Eyes Reboot Of The WB’s ‘Charmed’ By Nellie Andreeva – CBS shows have migrated to younger skewing sibling the CW — CBS pilot Ringer became a CW series, and defunct CBS vampire drama Moonlight got a second run on the sister network.
EXCLUSIVE: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart executive producer/showrunner Rory Albanese is leaving Comedy Central’s popular late-night program to pursue a career in primetime comedy. Albanese, who also is a standup comedian, has signed a double blind script development deal with Warner Bros TV and has sold one project under the pact — a father-son multi-camera comedy — to CBS. Albanese’s last day at the Daily Show will be Thursday. The departure had been in the works for a while, with Albanese preparing for his cross-country move from to Los Angeles and the Daily Show working on a succession plan. I hear the show will promote within in naming a new showrunner. Albanese spent the past seven years at The Daily Show, the past five as executive producer, sharing in nine of the show’s Emmys for best variety series and best writing for variety series. Daily Show‘s 10-year streak as best variety series came to an end last month. 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 »