EXCLUSIVE: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart executive producer/showrunner Rory Albanese is leaving Comedy Central’s popular late-night program to pursue a career in primetime comedy. Albanese, who also is a standup comedian, has signed a double blind script development deal with Warner Bros TV and has sold one project under the pact — a father-son multi-camera comedy — to CBS. Albanese’s last day at the Daily Show will be Thursday. The departure had been in the works for a while, with Albanese preparing for his cross-country move from to Los Angeles and the Daily Show working on a succession plan. I hear the show will promote within in naming a new showrunner. Albanese spent the past seven years at The Daily Show, the past five as executive producer, sharing in nine of the show’s Emmys for best variety series and best writing for variety series. Daily Show‘s 10-year streak as best variety series came to an end last month.
Albanese’s untitled CBS comedy, which he will write and executive produce, is set in a family-owned drug store, where the conservative father and liberal son are constantly battling over the future of the business — and the direction of the country. In addition to developing primetime comedies, Albanese, repped by CAA, Matt Ochacher at NWE and Del, Shaw, Moonves, also will continue to tour as a stand-up comedian. In August, Albanese and his Daily Show colleagues John Oliver, Elliott Kalan and Adam Lowitt were deployed by the USO to the Middle East as part of a two-country, morale boosting USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.