The Daily Show Will Be Just Fine Without Stewart; Here Are Your Three Best …
February 13, 2015 - accent chair
Jon Stewart’s depart raises 2 Qs: 1) Where will we get my news any night? 2) Does this meant he’s doing a supplement to Death to Smoochy?
— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) February 11, 2015
So will a uncover morph into a bombard of itself like Happy Days after Richie Cunningham left? Or 90210 after Brenda left and never returned to Beverly Hills? Two and a Half Men post-Sheen? American Idol though Simon? All in a Family A.E. (After Edith?). Just perplexing to cover all of my generations here…
Can The Daily Show tarry though Jon Stewart? Of march it can. We have incontrovertible explanation from a not-so-distant-past as a primary instance in a form of John Oliver. If we recall, Mr. Stewart left a uncover to try his palm during directing his initial film (Rosewater). So via a summer of 2013, Mr. Oliver more than hold his possess coming out of a bullpen for Stewart… a army so considerable that HBO fast offering him his possess primetime, Sunday night weekly module (the equally-critically acclaimed Last Week Tonight, that has turn a must-watch interjection to a constrained and hilarious deep-dives into critical topics actual news networks don’t have a time or calm to explore).
In other words, if The Daily Show can find a right host–and we’ll try 3 possibilities who wouldn’t skip a kick if selected in a moment–the module will uncover once again infer it is some-more about a winning formula, a tone, and many importantly, a writing… than it is about a host.
That’s not to contend Stewart isn’t a generational talent, of course. You don’t lay in that chair for 16 years and acquire $30 million annually for being unessential and average. But during a end–and we beheld it final year–the 52-year-old seemed to be blazing out with an eye on another challenge. Note: that’s not a criticism, as many of us can describe to do a same pursuit each day and a need to try achieving other goals.
So who should take over for Jon when he leaves after this year? Here are your tip 3 choices:
1) Rachel Maddow: Of course, conservatives who review this mainstay will immediately boot this choice, though hear me out. Ms. Maddow expected sees a essay on a wall during NBC/MSNBC. The place is in shambles. MSNBC is experiencing a lowest ratings in a decade (55,000 in a demo for a full-day normal usually final week). Forget competing with Fox, which was a grand plan going into 2013 when a network was roving high post re-election of President Obama… MSNBC isn’t even within sniffing stretch of CNN these days, finishing third and infrequently fourth (behind HLN). Rachel’s show–which used to be a flagship module on a network both in terms of commend and ratings–has mislaid approximately 50 percent of a assembly compared to final year. Think about that…half of your viewers: poof.
Without a change in care and loyal investment in talent (hastily signing a twentysomething though knowledge usually given of his name isn’t what one would call “investment” for example), MSNBC will continue to deposit into oblivion, along with Maddow herself. Putting beliefs aside, few doubt her ability to broach on-camera. And Comedy Central isn’t about to sinecure anyone who is remotely deliberate conservative.
Would she leave MSNBC? The income positively won’t be a emanate if Stewart’s income is any denote (even if she got 25 percent of that $30M, it would still be a lift for a $7M/year Maddow). She positively would strech some-more viewers while augmenting her influence. If Comedy Central creates a offer, she shouldn’t hesitate.
2) Chris Rock: Soon-to-be-divorced and not accurately murdering it during a box bureau recently, a comedian is positively accessible (and affordable). Ever see Rock in concert? He’s roughly on standard with Eddie in his prime. Nobody delivers a large punchline better, and given Comedy Central’s affinity for beeped f-bombs, Rock would fit right in. He’s also jumped into domestic waters before, so it’s not like a judgment of joke in this courtesy is a unfamiliar concept. If Comedy Central extended an offer, he would burst during a possibility as well.
3) Craig Ferguson: The safest (and many expensive) of a 3 choices. Extremely underrated while in late night. No worries on a Scottish accent…the Daily Show had a aforementioned Brit in there for an whole summer and nobody pronounced a peep. Ferguson is also impossibly talented: he was once in a stone band, has uttered charcterised cinema (How to Train Your Dragon), starred in sitcoms (The Drew Carey Show), and wrote one of a improved books you’ll read, American on Purpose, that is a discourse on his life and career given entrance to America adult until apropos a U.S. citizen in 2008. He’s also amiable and someone we can base for (he’s a recuperating alcoholic). And being out of a spotlight for awhile (retiring final year from The Late Late Show), he’s hungry.
Oh, and to all those who contend a uncover needs a younger host, it’s humorous how age wasn’t brought adult when Stephen Colbert (age 50) was picked to reinstate David Letterman. For those gripping measure during home: Ferguson is 52, Rock is 50. Young hosts don’t automatically attract immature audiences. Talent is talent.
In a end, The Daily Show will be usually fine. Jon Stewart will go down as a Walter Cronkite of feign news and a informative icon. His deputy inherits a finely-tuned appurtenance with good essay and a winning regulation that few shows can pass from one horde to another. Whomever gets a pursuit is a really propitious man or gal…
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