Daily Show Trevor Noah

UPDATE: Trevor Noah has now officially been confirmed as the next host of The Daily Show. “I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” said Jon Stewart in a statement to the NYT. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” Original story follows.

In the weeks since Jon Stewart announced his impending departure from The Daily Show, fans have been buzzing about who could and who should take over. But Comedy Central may finally be closing in on a replacement.

A new report indicates that Trevor Noah is the current frontrunner to replace Stewart as The Daily Show host. The 31-year-old South African comedian has been a contributor to the show since December. Read all about the developing Daily Show Trevor Noah story after the jump. Read More »

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George Lucas Daily Show

With his fondness for plaid and flannel, George Lucas projects a pretty laid-back image, but he’s not exactly known for his outrageous sense of humor. If we were going to cast a Daily Show spot making fun of Fox News, Lucas wouldn’t be among the first people chosen for the gig. Maybe that’s why his appearance on exactly such a sketch is pretty funny. That he’s having fun with his own creation (Star Wars, of course, along with American Graffiti) is part of the fun. Watch the George Lucas Daily Show segment below. Read More »

Jessica Williams

The moment Jon Stewart announced his departure from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, fans began speculating about who might replace him. One of the most popular fantasy-cast picks has been Jessica Williams, who’s been knocking it out of the park as the program’s “Senior Beyoncé Correspondent,” among many other things, since 2012.

Well, if the time-traveling bros of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 are to be believed, all of those wishlists are right. In an eerily prescient clip from the comedy sequel, the gang arrives in 2025 to discover that Williams has taken over Stewart’s old desk. Watch the Daily Show Jessica Williams clip from Hot Tub Time Machine 2 after the jump. Read More »

Jon Stewart Leaving ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show

The most trusted name in fake news is preparing to walk away from his desk. During the taping of tonight’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart told his studio audience that he will be leaving the show. Tweets from those who attended the taping first spread the word, and Comedy Central quickly followed with an official statement. Read that below. Read More »

Jon Stewart Noah

Even before it opened, Noah was raising the ire of moviegoers who felt that Darren Aronofsky‘s take on the classic Bible story wasn’t “literal” enough. The controversy hasn’t died down now that the movie’s actually hit theaters, and last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a moment to fire back.

With his trademark wit, the host skewered those who complained that Noah wasn’t a documentary and didn’t have enough God in it. But best of all is when he takes on the Fox commentator who remembered the original as a story in which “the sun comes out and everybody lives happily ever after.” “Everybody?” Stewart responds with mock shock. “Nobody lives!” Watch him rip the haters a new one after the jump. Read More »

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When John Oliver spent the summer filling in for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, it wasn’t the enaction of a ploy to take over the seat of the show that gave Oliver his biggest break. But it did turn out to be an audition for Oliver to anchor a new show.

Unsurprisingly, the new show will be not unlike The Daily Show. It will be a weekly series on HBO, with “a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events,” says Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO. The show will air Sundays starting in 2014.  Read More »

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Fans of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart were met with a decidedly different show Thursday night. It was Stewart’s final show before he leaves for the summer to helm his first film, Rosewater. He’ll return to his award-winning Comedy Central news show in September.

Before leaving, Stewart laid out exactly how the film came about. He showed the initial report on Iranian citizens that started the story, how that tangentially lead to journalist Maziar Bahari being imprisoned and tortured, and how that experience turned into the book Then They Came For Me.

After the jump, check out the segments of The Daily Show where Stewart talks about the film, as well as the full episode. Read More »

Abrams Daily Show

Star Trek or Star Wars?” is a question that’s been debated by sci-fi fans since Star Wars exploded onto the scene in 1977. At that time Star Trek had already been around for a decade, but some would argue the success of Star Wars helped reinvigorate the series. Others may say George Lucas would never have travelled to a galaxy far, far away had it not been for the ideas and vision of Gene Roddenberry. Either way, the thought of one person controlling both franchises likely never occurred to fans. Then, in 2013, the guy chosen to reboot Star Trek, J.J. Abrams, signed on to restart the Star Wars franchise, and fans of both were left with a multitude of different feelings.

Abrams is currently promoting his second Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, and has been asked about Star Wars: Episode VII at every single turn. Monday night he showed up on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and the topic came up again. This time, instead of delving into exactly how the director plans on dealing with Star Wars, they discussed the fundamental differences and merits of each franchise. It’s a fun watch. Check it out below. Read More »

The Killing

We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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