Comedy Central Renews ‘The Daily Show’ & ‘The Colbert Report’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 29th, 2012 at 9:21 pm,

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It’s quite likely that no one really anticipated the kind of impact The Daily Show would have on pop culture. At first, the show – then headlined by former Late Late Show host Craig Kilborn – was conceived as a satire of serious news coverage but has since evolved into a popular source of news all on its own, albeit one filtered through an incisive sense of humor. This reputation has become even more apparent since the 2005 debut of its spinoff, The Colbert Report, and now – as the 2012 election season gears up – Comedy Central has renewed both shows, even as imitators like The Onion News Network have come and gone.

According to Zap2It, Daily Show and Colbert Report hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, respectively, have extended their existing contracts. Stewart has inked an agreement to remain onboard as host, executive producer and writer of The Daily Show until mid-2015. Meanwhile, Colbert will stay on as host of The Colbert Report through 2014. Both of the hosts’ contracts were set to expire in the next year.

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From a ratings perspective, the decision is a no-brainer for Comedy Central. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have each seen a boost in ratings during the current season. The former has increased its audience in the critical demographic of adults 18-49 by 10 percent, while the latter’s ratings have risen by 11 percent in that same demographic. Given the impending presidential election in November, this is a predictable turn of events for the shows, both of which recently received Emmy nominations.

Even with its re-branding last year and the introduction of its first new logo in 15 years, Comedy Central has smartly stuck with the shows and stars that put the once-fledgling network on the proverbial map. In addition to sticking by its two satirical news shows, the network has already renewed South Park, the network’s other flagship series, through 2016. As it stands, expect Comedy Central’s long-standing winning streak to continue on for at least the next few years.

Source: Zap2it

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  1. Good news for all the Progressives who don’t read newspapers…

    • It’s great news :D.

  2. I love these shows (both are hilarious IMO), so I’m very happy that they’ve been renewed!

  3. These 2 shows are at their best during the presidential campaigns and that’s when I tune in the most frequently. So it should be fun for the next couple of months.

  4. I’d enjoy them if they poked fun at both sides instead of having a 90/10 skew.


    • The shows would be even more popular if they could criticize both sides equally.
      The hosts and producers, however, are driven to advocate their own political views.

      • Really? You actually think that the Democrats and Republicans should be criticize the same? The republicans aren’t what they use to be. It’s be taken over by the extreme evangelical christians/ tea party who vote against their own interest. It’s impossible to criticize Dems and Republicans equally now days.

        • You just expressed a partisan viewpoint similar to these shows.
          Yet you don’t seem to think your view is partisan which is the
          mindset of these shows where they think they are objective.

          • The difference is one side uses facts. SO it may came off as a “partisan viewpoint” but in the end, they do TELL the facts. Thats what matters. It just happens shows like this, make fun of the people who give out mis information on a consistent basis.

            • Once again you are being partisan and unaware your are.

              • Oh ok i know that i am. and i admit i am a liberal. And i DO listen to both sides. And once again, the facts will ALWAYS be true. Just happens one said is telling them and the other is not. And I’m not saying that just one side only gives facts and tells the truth, because both sides are do not; and both have their faults. Its just one chooses mis guides their audience by uses fear mongering.

                • The point of my original reply is if these shows could
                  be more balanced then viewers from the right might
                  watch them who don’t now thus increasing ratings.
                  That logic is inescapable to an objective observer.

                  Not only is there another point of view it happens
                  to be a perfectly legitimate point of view and not
                  the stereotypical caricature the left thinks it is.

                  • I completely understand where you are coming from but I think you misinterpret the point of the shows. The shows are for one, to give out current information/news and to entertain the audience. And its kinda hard to balance out, in todays politics, the two parties. And I think what you said about “ratings’ is one of the main problems. Most shows are too worried about the ratings but not the content itself.

                    • Pretending to be ‘fair and balanced’ in what passes for journalism these days is why people tuning in to a comedy satire are better informed than the real news. Commentators and news reporters are entitled to their opinions certainly, but not their own set of facts. You cannot constantly run stories essentially saying, ‘the opposing party proclaimed the president is three feet tall today, but those claims about his height are disputed by some in his own party.’ and expect to be taken seriously. There is no excuse for giving crackpots and experts equal billing.

                      And nobody else puts more opposing voices on their show with the intent of respectfully letting them explain themselves than Jon Stewart. Show me a funny, conservative-point-of-view talk show host that doesn’t surround themselves only with people who agree with them and maybe an occasional opposing voice that gets bullied and shouted down? There is not a one. Like it or not, Jon Stewart is what ‘fair and balanced’ really looks like.

                      What was his line? …’why are the facts being so unpatriotic?’

    • The other problem is far often Jon Stewart grinds his political axe, but as soon as anyone calls him on it, he comes back with “I’m just a comedian”. It’s the Clown Nose On-Clown Nose Off thing that really annoys me.

      • True, but to be fair Rush Limbaugh does the same exact thing. At least Jon Stewart would never for a moment claim that Bane being the latest Batman villain was intended to be a dig at Mitt Romney.

    • I dont care which side they make fun of, as long as thet make me laugh. I dont go there for the news or social commentary, I see these shows to Laugh.

      So i am more than happy at this news.

    • Maybe it seems that way since you have your fox goggles on. Stewart constantly criticizes both Democrats and Republicans. But the truth is that the current republican party is full of nut-jobs. But obviously you are going to disagree to that, so maybe you should stick with you Hannity and friends.

  5. Redeye waaaaaaaaaaaay funnier and social relevant

    • Quite a few people form their political opinions from watching those shows on Comedy Central. The scary thing is they vote.

      • If politicians were ethical, there wouldn’t be shows like this…

      • People who watch these shows are more knowledgeable then those who watch fox and msnbc. The scary thing is the no of people who watch fox news.

  6. Stewart can stand his ground with your smartest conservatives. There are alot who are friends of his, and he rips on MSNBC quite a bit, maybe not as much as FOX, but get real, Fox News is insane. Whats scary is, Fox viewers vote. Stewart is intelligent and hilarious, and he passes out the mockery where it should be, left or right. The right just happens to deserve it more.

    • Eggs. Ackley.

  7. You must be kidding that South Park got renewed till 2016! I don’t mean to discredit Matt Stone and Trey Parker, as they are just as brilliant as Colbert and Stewart. Heck, my DVR is filled all of their shows. In fact, it’s lucky I have the Hopper DVR that has enough memory space to accommodate, since The Colbert Report, The Daily Show and South Park have been airing for ages! But, all I’m saying is, The South Park creators have been neglecting the quality of the show for years now, and it shows. I was just discussing the matter with a few Dish coworkers, and it’s unanimous that South Park is not funny anymore. Stone and Parker even made a documentary about how they throw an episode together minutes before it airs! It’s not their fault that they are off doing other awesome things, like creating The Book of Mormon, but it’s time to let South Park go.