• Jason Jones leaves Daily Show for TBS

    The Daily Show departures continue to roll in. Jason Jones will leave the Comedy Central fake news show to star in a TBS sitcom. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of a family comedy series from Daily Show correspondents and awesomely-married couple Jason Jones and Samantha Bee.

    The untitled show stars Jason Jones as the father who goes on darkly comedic family road trips. What begin as trips of a lifetime quickly turn into disasters. Justified’s Natalie Zea co-stars as Jones’s wife. Louie daughter Ashley Gerasimovich plays Jones’s rebellious youngster and Liam Carroll plays the simpleton son. ” Jones and Samantha Bee created the series and sold a pilot to TBS back on October. Both will serve as executive producers. They also wrote the pilot.

    “This show delivers on exactly the direction we are taking our TBS comedies– honest, smart and provocative,” said “Brett Weitz, executive vice president of original programming for the network. “We couldn’t be happier to be in business with Sam and Jason on what we hope will be the first of many more projects together.” The first season will debut in late 2015. Subsequent seasons of the show would hopefully chronicle a new family trip. “We can’t wait to see where they take this mildly dysfunctional family!”

    Many speculated (and hoped!) that either Jason Jones or Samantha Bee or both may take over as host of The Daily Show when Jon Stewart steps down from the Emmy Award-winning series later this year. We caught a taste of their co-hosting abilities in the fall when they filled in for a sick Jon Stewart. As star of the show, Jones has already confirmed via Twitter that he will be leaving Comedy Central, although an official statement from the network has not yet been made. No word yet on whether Bee will stay at The Daily Show in a similar or reduced capacity or if she will exit with her husband. Bee has been a correspondent since 2003; Jones joined the show in 2005.

     

     

    The mass exodus of Daily Show correspondents and contributors began a little more than a year ago when John Oliver announced he would leave Comedy Central to host his own political satire series Last Week Tonight on HBO. Last year comedian Michael Che began his short run when only months later Saturday Night Live recruited him to co-host Weekend Update. Larry Wilmore ended his 8-year tenure to host a new program, The Nightly Show, to fill the 11:30 time slot left vacant by the end of Colbert Report. Now with the Jon Stewart himself leaving after 17 years and two of the most Senior of correspondents possibly gone, Aasif Mandvi and occasional contributor John Hodgman will be left as with the most seniority (along with Lewis Black, who’s been popping his head in to scream about something since 1996).

    Bee could still stay, but she certainly will not have time to replace Stewart and executive produce the new TBS series. With more and more Daily Show alumni taking themselves out of the game, the question still remains: Who will fill the snarkiest seat in late night television?

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