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NBC's New Boss is Courting Jon Stewart

NBC's New Boss is Courting Jon Stewart


The news: NBC's new head of programming, Ben Silverman, recently wined and dined Jon Stewart and his agent, saying that if everyone's favorite "news"man ever became free, he'd be interested in doing business.

Could it happen? Quite possibly. Stewart's "Daily Show" contract is up in 2008. NBC should have an open late-night slot in 2009 if it goes through with its plans to have Conan O'Brien take over "The Tonight Show." Though late night seems like the most obvious place for Stewart, NBC also could try wooing him for prime time.

The good: Jon Stewart on network TV = more Jon Stewart for everyone. Plus, a late-night lineup of Conan followed by Jon would be amazing.

The bad: While Stewart wasn't the original host of "The Daily Show," he built it into must-see TV, and I have a hard time imagining the show without him now.

The bottom line: Any change is a while off at this point — plenty of time for more talks and for Comedy Central to groom a "Daily Show" correspondent to take over if Stewart did decide to leave.

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