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John Oliver to host Daily Show for 8 weeks

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by dpeters11, Mar 5, 2013.

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    dpeters11

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    Or Jason Jones...
     
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    They do go well together, don't they?
     
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    Yea. Just hope they dont have any children.
     
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    Three so far I believe.
     
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    I personally think this is a good move for Stewart. I just don't think he's a Letterman who wants to spend his entire life on one thing. Craig Kilborn's path just doesn't feel right for Stewart. Producing and directing seems a good fit for Stewart's age 40+ years.

    In any event, Oliver will be an interesting change.
     
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    I think Oliver is the perfect choice for what options are out there. I've seen some of his stand-up and he can hold his own.
     
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    So does Colbert get an 8 week vacation? He always seem to take the same weeks off as Stewart.
     
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    No - just the 4 weeks. Since The Daily Show *will* be new episodes, COlbert should also have new episodes. The only exception I've seen to that 'rule' was when Stephen Colbert seemed to take a sudden day off, rumored to be him visiting his mother who'd apparently gotten suddenly ill.
     
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    If Stephen Colbert were to take some time off, I think the best fill-in host for him (assuming we're only looking at members of the "Daily Show"/"Colbert Report" family) would be John Hodgman, in character as The Deranged Millionaire.

    But I don't think Stephen Colbert would have a fill-in host, aside from a major ongoing emergency, given how closely his show is tied to him -- his name is even in the "main" title of the show, unlike Jon Stewart (by which I mean it's "The Colbert Report," not "The Daily Report with Stephen Colbert").
     
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    Yes, his mother was very ill. There were confirmations afterward.

    Peace,
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    As similar as they are, they are very different shows. Stewart hosts within his natural persona while Colbert hosts in character.

    And that is the difference between them that determines that I can make time to watch one, but not the other. Both are as biting and funny as any humor-based news/political show out there, and both have amazing writing staffs that put Letterman and Leno to shame.

    And both hosts are exceptionally talented and funny; I am a big fan of both. But Colbert in character? A little of that goes a very long way, and it has the problem of handcuffing him into a narrow milieu. It's funny, and no one could ever pull it off like Colbert does, but it is just not funny enough to sustain a full half hour 160 shows a year. So one show is way above the Mendoza line for me, and the other is slightly below it.

    But with Stewart off for 8 weeks (and good for him; it can only invigorate him) it will give me time to go watch something completely different; even with that terrific writing staff Stewart is the show, for me. Kilborn was obviously replaceable; in fact I never could get through five minutes of the show before Stewart and now I can't afford to miss five minutes, and haven't since he took over. Bottom line? I don't think anyone can replace Jon Stewart on that show. If I were Viacom I just would have expanded Colbert to an hour for 8 weeks.
     
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    With the faux-rivalry going on between Stewart and Colbert, I have a vision of the first stewart-less show having Colbert at the desk. Just as he starts the broadcast, there's a commotion offstage and a bound and gagged John Oliver comes hopping/stumbling onto the set - eventually some roadie/cameraman getting the gag off him while untying him and going into a skit of trying to keep Colbert from 'invading' or 'taking over' The Daily Show.
     
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    PERFECT! :p :lol:
     

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