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Things I Hate About TV: When Stewart and Colbert are on vacation

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 23rd 2006 3:33PM
The Daily Show and The Colbert Report logosDon't get me wrong... I think everyone is entitled to a vacation, especially the hard-working folks at the comedy factories known as The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. But it sucks when I tune into Comedy Central to get my late night fix and I see reruns. This is the situation I'll find myself in this week, as both shows are on vacation.

I can tell right away that TDS is a rerun; if the intro to the show doesn't show the date, it's a repeat. From there, there's a 95% chance that Colbert is also a rerun, so the entire 11 PM - 12 AM block is now available to me.

It's a weird feeling; without TDS/Colbert, I feel kind of adrift.

It's not like I watch the show to get an idea of what's going on in the world, since I'm one of the few people under 50 that watches the evening news. But once I know what the stories of the day are going to be, I eagerly look forward to how TDS and Colbert are going to goof on them. Without that anticipation at 11, I'm resigned to either watch my local news or Seinfeld reruns.

Next week should be great for both shows, with the highly-anticipated midterm elections coming up; in fact, Jon Stewart and company will be in the battleground state of Ohio all week. But this week is going to be painful. What do you watch when Jon and Stephen are on vacation? Let me know in the comments.

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