over for Larry Sanders in fictional life, comedian Jon Stewart
moves into a chair last warmed by Craig Kilborn in real life.
He starts Monday as the new host of Comedy Central's signature
program, which airs Monday through Thursday.
it is disappointing that contributors Brian Unger and A. Whitney
Brown are no longer with the show that satirizes the day's news
and lampoons newsgathering conventions, Stewart's sly and cerebral
brand of comedy should be a good fit for a program that has found
a nice niche somewhere between a Jay-Dave-type program and Saturday
Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment.
probably best known for hosting a talk show on MTV, which turned
into an engaging but short-lived nationally syndicated hour in
1994. Since then, and since Greg Kinnear became a movie star,
he has been everybody's best bet for late-night stardom.
So it is somewhat
surprising that the less versatile Kilborn landed the job replacing
Tom Snyder on CBS' Late, Late Show (he'll debut in March),
while Stewart -- who had a production deal with David Letterman's
Worldwide Pants, a producer of the Late, Late Show -- winds
up on the not-even-ubiquitous cable channel. But this wouldn't
be the first time a TV network made the wrong call for a late-night
host, and the comparative freedom of cable may be more to Stewart's