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Stewart and Colbert sign extensions to stay w/ Comedy Central thru end of 2012.


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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert sign extensions to stay w/ Comedy Central thru end of 2012

By Bill Carter NY Times Media Writer, April 20, 2010

 

"With Conan O’Brien about to change the calculus of late-night cable programming, the Comedy Central channel has made a move to lock up its two dominant stars, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

 

 

The network has signed the two hosts – who both attract more young viewers than even the late-night shows on the broadcast networks – to new contracts that will keep them in the 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. weeknight slots through the next presidential election in 2012.

 

“That’s a big deal for us,” said Doug Herzog, the president of MTV Networks Entertainment Group, which includes Comedy Central. “For us, election years are like Olympic years.” The two politically oriented comedy shows hosted by the two stars – “The Daily Show” with Mr. Stewart and “The Colbert Report” with Mr. Colbert – have both seen big ratings bumps in presidential election years, Mr. Herzog said, “and some of that carries over each time, so we keep going up.”

 

The timing of the new deal was not directly related to the impending arrival next November of Mr. O’Brien, the former NBC late-night star, on the cable channel TBS; but Mr. Herzog noted that his comedy channel could hardly be unaware of it."

 

Read more…http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/20/jon-stewart-and-stephen-colbert-to-stay-on-comedy-central-through-2012-election/

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Feel free to discuss anything related to the new Colbert or Stewart deals? Also does anyone watch Stewart or Colbert or both on a regular basis? I usually sometimes watch the 6-7pm or w/e time the repeats of those shows from previous night airs on comedy central. Are these gentlemen worth the multi million dollar contracts?:eek:

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