Jon Stewart creates sitcom pilot for ''Daily''
colleague -- ''Daily Show'' correspondent Stephen Colbert will
star in the show, based on his South Carolina upbringing.
Looks like NBC is edging away from the young,
cosmopolitan, workplace comedies that have characterized the network
over the last several years. According to Variety, it's developing
a young, small-town workplace comedy, which NBC executive Karey
Burke describes as a ''modern-day Andy of Mayberry'' story, with
elements of both family and office-based comedies.'' It'll star
''The Daily Show'' snark Stephen Colbert, with Colbert and his
''Daily'' colleague Jon Stewart writing the show.
The show will be inspired in part by Colbert's
upbringing in South Carolina. ''I'm just tired of Stephen telling
me stories about how he grew up,'' Stewart tells Variety. ''I
figured if we write it all down in script form, he'll stop talking
Comedy Central stalwart Colbert has some experience
as a sitcom creator, having cocreated the channel's ''Strangers
With Candy.'' Stewart, who will continue to host ''Daily Show,''
has less sitcom-writing experience, but it sounds like he has
already mastered the form. He tells Variety, ''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. We're going to try to do a show that has everything that's
worked on NBC before. Before it's over, Stephen could end up helming
a genial black family. He could be the next Cosby.''