John Oliver will take over as guest host of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Monday, June 10 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Oliver will serve as host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series for the eight weeks of original episodes that are scheduled during Jon Stewart’s hiatus to direct his first feature film, “Rosewater.” Stewart will return on Tuesday, September 3. Scheduled guests for Oliver’s first week include Seth Rogen (June 10), Armando Iannucci (June 11), a musical performance by Mavis Staples (June 12) and Fareed Zakaria (June 13).
“Don’t worry, it’s still going to be everything that you love about ‘The Daily Show,’ just without the thing that you love the most about it,” said Oliver.
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‘The Hollywood Reporter’ talks to Comedy Central’s programming chief Kent Alterman about letting Jon Stewart take leave to direct a feature film, future opportunities for John Oliver, and how concerning it is to hear Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s name suggested as future successors of David Letterman.
Stephen Colbert’s and Stewart’s names have come up in many recent late-night stories, most often as potential David Letterman replacements. How concerning is that for you?
They have not approached us about wanting to do that. The great thing for us right now is that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are beating every one of those other late-night shows in our demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds, and I haven’t heard anything that indicates that they’re about to jump ship.
As Iran nears elections in June, the government has launched a renewed assault on the media with arrests, repression, and harassment. Join us in New York for a special screening of ‘Forced Confessions’, a film documenting the history of this tactic in Iran, followed by a discussion exploring the political, social, and personal implications of criminalizing the press, along with the worrying trends under new governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
Forced Confessions, a documentary film by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, follows six writers, journalists, and scholars who were tortured for their writings and forced to issue false confessions. The film’s director Maziar Bahari, himself a survivor of what the film calls “the Iranian regime’s attempt to legitimize its rule through force,” joins political satirist Jon Stewart and Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon in the panel discussion following the screening.
TV Guide’sBruce Fretts interviewed Stephen on the red carpet, asking about his thoughts on the Fallon-Leno shuffle, Conan O’Brien hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner, and how he convinced Bill Clinton to join Twitter.
On his personal website FrettsonFilm he asked Stephen how the festival compares to last years and what it was like interviewing Jon Stewart for the first time.
Ah, the poignancy: in the early days of The Daily Show, fledgling host Craig Kilborn interviewed the man who would eventually take the reigns and built said show into an Emmy factory – Mr. Jon Stewart. The interview is remarkably cordial, complete with Jon pointing out their gargantuan height difference and asking Craig polite questions about how the (then new) show was going. Hmmm. Smooth operator. Check it out:
Ah, Spring. It’s here. Here’s hoping it will bring new beginnings. Spring is the best because it’s an opportunity for the world to wake up from it’s cold winter slumber and start anew.
Alright, enough of that. Let’s get to the stories. In this edition, there is much ado about late night. With Leno out (again) and Fallon in, speculation abounds as to what other shifts may be on the way in the world of network late night TV. Also, Jon takes on Egypt on Twitter.
Jon Stewart is hard at work on ‘Rosewater’, scouting film locations in Amman, Jordan over the weekend and also meet with George David of Jordan’s Royal Film Commission.
USC Trojan student Nora and her fan girl posse were lucky enough to meet Jon while he was scouting locations with his
entourage boy band.
You can read all about her adventures on her blog ‘Nora Goes Abroad’.
In their weekly “Lost Roles” column, ‘Splitsider’ take a look back at some of Colbert’s earlier career attempts that didn’t work out, like auditioning for ‘Saturday Night Live’, writing movies, and serving as an on-air correspondent for ‘Good Morning America’.