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Another Daily Show correspondent moves on: Riggle gets sitcom deal

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 20th 2008 1:27PM
Rob RiggleA myriad of correspondents from The Daily Show have gone on to their own careers, such as Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell to name two. Jason Jones and Samantha Bee are slated to write and star in a sitcom for CBS. Now it looks like the show will be losing Rob Riggle to a prime-time spot, also on CBS. Riggle is one of the more interesting correspondents, given his background in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Daily Show has become this generation's Saturday Night Live in the sense that many of the players move on to bigger and better TV and/or movie deals. The only reason Jon Stewart himself hasn't left is because of a lucrative contract and the fact that his name is on the marquee.

In fact, if CBS is so eager to grab people from The Daily Show, why not grab Stewart himself? Letterman won't be doing his show forever, you know. He's the natural heir to the position. In my opinion this would be a very smart move, which means it probably won't happen.

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Tom

I really love John Stewart!! And the Daily Shows election coverage is so hilarious (but scaringly correct sometimes).

For those interested, there are loads of The Daily Show election clips at http://www.hypedworld.com

October 28 2008 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jobo

Is the rumor true that Tod Palin is going to kick Jon Stewarts ass up between his ears. That should raise the ratings.

October 22 2008 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

I think Stewart is already tapped to be Letterman's heir, it's just not the big to-do that NBC wanted Conan's coronation to be. When the time is right, Letterman will probably spring his retirement and replacement on us at his whim.

If Stewart did make the subtle switch, he'd do very well. The Daily Show, while skewing to the political, also does a lot of celebrity interviews/shillings and pokes fun at pop culture just like any late night show.

And I can only imagine the friendly rivalry between Conan and Stewart, as each show's staff and head men would push each other into providing great entertainment.

October 21 2008 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kenny

The problem with Jon Stewart doing The Late Show is that his team of writers wouldn't come with him.

October 21 2008 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve245

Rob's sitcom was called "The Winner" Damn Fox, aka the "we cancel everything good" network.

October 20 2008 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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MCW

Indeed. Looking forward to this Rob's series. Allow me to recommend "Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story", a DVD movie featuring both of the aforementioned Rob's. The special features on it featuring Rob Riggle are the funniest I've ever seen in my life, literally.

October 20 2008 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

I'm sorry to see Samantha Bee move on, but Riggle and Jones are the two least funny correspondents they have. They need more like John Oliver or Larry Wilmore. Big, broad, stupid comedy in the Riggle and Jones vein was out of place on that show.

October 20 2008 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cincinnati Mike

In all the excitement, you forgot to mention Rob Corddry's smash hit sitcom...the title of which escapes me.

October 20 2008 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Some history:

1. Rob Riggle was a featured player on SNL in 2004, well before his Daily Show stint.

2. Jon Stewart *was* the heir apparent to Letterman; he subbed for him on occasion and, if I remember correctly, might have even had a development deal under Worldwide Pants. I think the relationship probably fell apart when Craig Kilborn got the Late Late Show.

October 20 2008 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

Jon Stewart had a series of forgettable talk shows and other crap before he landed on the Daily Show. I'm actually not sure if it was just one show, two shows, or a few hundreds. I do remember him having a discussion with Daisy Fuentes about her breasts and under what circumstances she would unveil them.

October 20 2008 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

There is no way Jon would move from the relatively complete freedom he has on Comedy Central to the strictures far more inhibiting environment of late-night network television.

Even if her were willing to give up the creative freedom he currently enjoys, I really don't think his comedic style fits the bland, stupid antics that dominate late night on the networks. He assumes his audience has a certain amount of intelligence that simply is not to be found on network television as soon as the clock strikes 11:30.

So yea, until Jon shows some glimmer of desire to move away from Comedy Central, you really should stop bringing this up, as it makes you seem incredibly foolish.

October 20 2008 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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