Just in case you were worried that Jon Stewart was someday going to bail on the show that has made him a household name, don’t worry — both “The Daily Show” and its late-night counterpart “The Colbert Report” are going to be on television or at least a couple more years.
In he case of Stewart, he has signed a new contract to continue hosting new episodes of his high-rated political satire show — which plays especially well with young men — until the middle of 2015. Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert’s new contract takes him until the end of 2014. This move has been a long time coming — thanks in part to it being an election year, both programs are up double-digits in 18-49 viewership versus last year at this time.
This contract signing also means that we are going to continue seeing a period of increased stability in the world of late-night. Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, and Chelsea Handler are three other notable comedians who have contracts that run up until 2014; however, what will be interesting is seeing what happens once “The Late Show” host’s deal ends. Rumor has it that Letterman may choose to retire at that point — after all, he’s spent more years in late-night consecutively than any host in history — and it could leave the door open for a comedian on another network to try and slide in and take his place.
Both “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have each been nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, and the former show in particular has to be considered a favorite given how it has won the Outstanding Variety Series trophy pretty much every year for the past decade.
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