Comedy Central's "Daily Show" anchor Jon Stewart
is going global.
CNN International, the global version of the
cable news channel, has signed a deal with Comedy Central to
air a pared-down version of Stewart's late-night newscast in
countries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East,
Africa and Latin America.
CNN International's "The Daily Show: Global
Edition" is set to launch Sept. 21.
The 30-minute weekend show will feature clips
from "Daily Show" editions that have aired that week.
The CNN version will follow the format of
Stewart's weeknight series, including his satiric twists on
news headlines, celebrity interviews and offbeat feature news
CNN International will air "Global Edition"
at 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in Latin America and
at 12:30 a.m. on Sundays and Mondays in other regions.
The late-night show will be the global news
channel's first non-news entertainment program, according to
CNN International general manager Rena Golden.
"We've been looking to add late-night entertainment
programming for quite a while," Golden said, noting that talks
between the channels to acquire a version of "Daily Show" began
nearly a year ago.
"I think Jon Stewart's humor is smart and
very current and we think he has a unique take on America that
our audience will appreciate," she added.
Likewise, CNN's "Daily Show" compilation will
be the first series that Comedy Central will produce specifically
for an international audience.
Some other Comedy Central shows — "South
Park" and "Battlebots" — are carried in other countries
in the same format they appeared in the U.S., said channel spokesman
"People have long thought that comedy is so
culturally specific that it can't be appreciated in other countries,
but shows such as 'South Park' have demonstrated that's not
the case," Fox said. "We think that the content of the 'Daily
Show' will work on an international level because of the ubiquitous
nature of news today."
Golden said that CNN International will work
with Comedy Central producers to determine which clips to include
in its weekend version of "Daily Show," and CNN producers can
bump the show in favor of breaking news coverage.
Fox said Stewart is not expected to soften
his critical stance on American customs and politics or handle
international news events differently to suit new viewers.
"I don't think this deal with CNN International
will in any way affect the content of the 'Daily Show' domestically,"
Photo caption: The Daily Show's former object
of mockery is now its new home.