Today’s TV Bits starts on a bit of a downer, as Community‘s Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon bicker and Two and a Half Men‘s Lee Arohnson makes some obnoxious comments sure to piss people off. But don’t worry, there’s some sunnier stuff in here too. After the jump:

  • Are Chevy Chase’s days on Community numbered?
  • Two and Half Men co-creator bashes female-centric comedies
  • Starz releases the premiere of Magic City online for free
  • HBO drops a teaser for Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
  • The Daily Show heads to the Democratic National Convention
  • A&E develops an adaptation of Rosario Dawson’s O.C.T.
  • A rundown of broadcast networks’ pilots for the 2012 season

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Over a year ago, Pajiba reported that Jon Stewart had bought the life rights of jailed Iranian journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. The idea was evidently to produce a film based on the man’s story, as chronicled in his book Then They Came For Me, which details his 118 day imprisonment in Iran, 107 days of which were spent in solitary confinement.

Last night on The Daily Show Jon Stewart hosted Mr. Bahari for an extended interview, and though he revealed no real details, he did confirm that the two are working on a film based on the book. Read More »

LOL: Daily Show: “Barack Obama Is Luke Skywalker”

Jon Stewart compares US President Barack Obama to the rise of Luke Skywalker in this hilarious segment from Monday’s The Daily Show. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Over the weekend, Lucasfilm held Star Wars Celebration V. The centerpiece of the festivities was an hour plus long interview with George Lucas, conducted on stage by The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. I was not in attendance at this panel, but luckily someone recorded video of the entire interview and has uploaded it to YouTube for everyone to enjoy. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.
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Jon Stewart is more than a sharp comic and (unexpectedly) a reliable voice for news analysis. He has worked as an actor, and is now making a foray back into producing. Stewart has optioned the rights to the life story of journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested in 2009 during the Iranian election protests. Bahari had taken part in a Daily Show sketch several months prior where he spoke to comedian Jason Jones, who was dressed as a spy. But Bahari’s jailers took the sketch as evidence that he was actually a spy, and interrogated him daily over 118 days.

After his release, Bahari appeared on the Daily Show to speak with Stewart (see their great exchange after the break) and Stewart has now purchased his life rights to form the basis for a feature film. Stewart’s company, Busboy Productions, will produce what is currently called the Untitled Maziar Bahari Project. [Pajiba]

After the break, Don Murphy’s company options Cory Doctorow’s new novel. Read More »

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George Lucas was interviewed last night by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, where he addressed the fans who take the Star Wars films too seriously and the haters of the prequels. Watch the seven minute interview after the jump.
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