The game of Musical Chairs on US TV continues; you have doubtless heard by now that Jon Stewart is retiring from The Daily Show. Who the HELL will take over?
Not John Oliver. After his spell in the chair, he was courted for the one to be vacated by Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show – which follows Dave Letterman’s (CBS’s) The Late Show (Craig now hosts Celebrity Name Game).
But then HBO gave him a shiny NEW, WEEKLY show (Last Week Tonight) that is currently doing well – its half-hour, once-a-week slot may get extended – and so Craig’s slot will be filled by James Corden (so to speak).
Of course, Jimmy Fallon has taken over Jay Leno’s gig on The Tonight Show – which has resulted in Seth Meyers filling his vacancy on (NBC’s) The Late Show – with Dave’s retiring leaving room for Stephen Colbert – who effectively left HIS show to Larry Wilmore, formerly of The Daily Show – which is where we came in.
DAMN, that’s a lot of seats swapping seats!
And all of this is bad news for those who will MISS Dave and Jon (it is said that many Americans get most of their NEWS from these two men). And even worse news for Comedy Central, with BOTH of their flagship series going down the dumper.