Comedy Central has locked in its late-night one-two comedy punch of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert through 2013. The move comes after TBS made its play in late night by signing Conan O’Brien who will be facing off directly against the Comedy Central duo. Stewart is an interesting case study in that he seems to know he has a good gig in New York that suits him perfectly, and he’s content to continue being viable in his role as the news filter for the young demo. There didn’t seem to be many alternative places he could have gone this time around, but Stewart once had a chance to follow Nightline at ABC (the gig went to Jimmy Kimmel) and probably was smart to stay where he was. That’s a marked contrast to O’Brien, who left an NBC 12:30 niche in New York that was perfect for him for the glory of the Tonight Show. He has climbed out of that rabbit hole and has to reinvent himself at an cable network that is unproven in late night. Does anyone really think Conan’s better off or will get better guests or ratings than he did in his 12:30 NBC slot? The new contract keeps Stewart and Colbert in place for the 2012 Presidential election.
COMEDY CENTRAL® ANNOUNCES CONTRACT EXTENSTIONS WITH
JON STEWART AND STEPHEN COLBERT
New Deals Keep The Emmy® and Peabody® Award-Winning Talent
At The Helms Of Their Late Night Institutions Through “Indecision 2012”
NEW YORK, April 20, 2010 — COMEDY CENTRAL has reached individual agreements with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to extend the contracts of the hosts of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” it was announced today by Michele Ganeless, president, COMEDY CENTRAL.
Stewart’s contract extension with COMEDY CENTRAL will keep him at the helm of “The Daily Show” through June 2013. He will continue to serve as executive producer, writer and host. Colbert’s extension will keep him and “The Colbert Report” at the all-comedy channel through the end of 2012. Colbert serves as executive producer, writer and host for “The Report.”