HBO's The Larry Sanders Show is known
for its brutally candid portrayal of the TV biz; next season,
it might take that realism to new heights. Just as plotlines
on the show have featured Jon Stewart angling to take over
Garry Shandling's hosting chair, Stewart could do just that
in real life should Shandling make good on threats that the
upcoming season is his last.
"There have been discussions between
Jon and Garry," admits a source close to the situation.
"One scenario is for Jon to return this season, then
spin it off into his own show."
Stewart may have to do some juggling to
get the gig: He's under contract to David Letterman's Worldwide
Pants to develop, among other things, a late-night talker
for CBS, and he's already a guest host for Tom Snyder on the
Eye's Late, Late Show. Sanders producer Brillstein-Grey
Entertainment and Stewart declined to comment.