NEW YORK - Jon Stewart is going from late
night to prime time.
The host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central
has signed a development deal with NBC for a sitcom that will
begin in fall 2003.
Stewart will be the executive producer and co-writer
of the series, which will star Stephen Colbert, a writer and correspondent
on "The Daily Show."
"This is a coup for NBC to be in partnership
with such clever and creative writer-performers as Jon and Stephen,"
Jeff Zucker, NBC entertainment president, said Monday. "I can't
wait to see the finished product."
Stewart joked that the show will incorporate
everything that's been successful for the network in the past.
"We were just thinking about what would happen
if a gay man and a straight woman lived together in a bar in Boston
and ate spiders for $50,000 every episode," the 40-year-old comedian
told Daily Variety. "Before it's over, Stephen could end up helming
a genial black family. He could be the next Cosby."
Stewart will continue to host "The Daily Show,"
the satirical news program that won a Peabody Award and an Emmy