According to the New York Post’s Page Six, CNN head Jeff Zucker is trying to hone in Comedy Central’s territory by developing a show along the lines of that network’s immensely popular–especially with the young demographic–The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. The Page Six report says that the show is pegged to Bill Weir, who recently left ABC’s Nightline and has been rumored to take over some or all of Piers Morgan’s 9pm time slot on CNN.
But as one “network insider” told the Post’s Richard Johnson, “Weir is a news guy. He’s not a comedian.” If CNN really wants to take on the business of comedic news parody, they are going to have to hire a comedian. They apparently made some sort of outreach to John Oliver, who received high marks when he filled in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this summer, but that went nowhere.
Rather than try to compete with Comedy Central on a nightly basis, the best bet for CNN would probably be a weekly show in the vein of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, which mixes plenty of serious discussion in with the comedy or even MSNBC’s new Up Late with Alec Baldwin, which brings a touch of Hollywood to the news.
So who should CNN bring on board to host this highly hypothetical new comedy show? Below are some semi-realistic suggestions. Vote for your favorite in the poll below or add your own suggestions in the comments.
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