News of Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman on the “Late Show” has swept through the world of television like wild fire. For CBS, this is a wonderful development, as they are gaining one of the most talented individuals currently working in the medium; however, now that Colbert is going to CBS, Comedy Central is left to fill a half-hour time slot and replace one of their most popular personalities.


(Related: Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on CBS “Late Show”)


The hour of programming that is “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” is one of the best on television today. They are each great individually, but they would not work quite as well as they do now without the other there to complement and supplement their program. Comedy Central needs to find a replacement for Colbert to do a show that is somewhat similar to his and that will air following “The Daily Show.” There a number of avenues Comedy Central could take in their decision, many of which could make for great television.


One, and perhaps the most obvious, option is to give a half hour to one of the correspondents on “The Daily Show.” That is what they did with Colbert and look at how that turned out. The first one that comes to mind is John Oliver. He did a commendable job in covering for John Stewart in his absence over the summer, and he seems like a natural fit. However, Oliver is already set up with his own show on HBO and it is unlikely that he would choose to leave that gig to work at Comedy Central again. Really, though, any of the correspondents would do just fine with their own half-hour. Al Madrigal, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, Aasif Mandvi, they all have the chops to soar in their own programs.


The network could also hire a comedian from another one of their programs to take Colbert’s place. Amy Schumer is a name that has been thrown out there more than a few times. Her own show on Comedy Central, “Inside Amy Schumer,” has met with acclaim and is considered to be one of the funnier programs on the channel. Schumer is a professional comedian who has proven she can be funny in a variety of formats. If given the opportunity, she would certainly be able to find some way to make it work.


There are plenty of comedians who would do well with Colbert’s time slot, but Comedy Central could and should make it easier on themselves and skip hiring anyone altogether. The better option is to expand “The Daily Show,” giving Jon Stewart a full hour of television. Only one man on this planet can do what Colbert does as good if not better than the man himself, and that is, of course, Jon Stewart.


If you ask me, he out grew his half-hour time slot long ago. You can see it in the interviews, which much of the time, he puts about half of them online due to lack of time on air. Can you imagine if he actually had time to finish his interviews on air? Or all the bits he could do with an extra 20 minutes of screen time? The possibilities are really too exciting to ignore, and it would be to Comedy Central’s detriment to pass up this opportunity to give Stewart more air time.


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