Comedy Central's late-night comedy news shows The Daily Show and The Colbert Report might have been taken off the air for DirecTV subscribers earlier this month, but now that they're back, we don't have to worry: both shows will be on the air years into the future. Hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have just extended their contracts to ensure that we'll be getting our dose of fake news for years to come.
Stewart's deal with Comedy Central will see him locked in as host of The Daily Show through the middle of 2015 at least-- at which point the show (but not Stewart) will have been on the air for a whopping nineteen years. Stewart, who came onto the show in 1998 to replace host Craig Kilborn, will celebrate fifteen years with the series in 2013.
For faux-pundit Stephen Colbert, the contract is a little shorter; it only extends through the end of 2014 (the show's ninth year). It wouldn't be too surprising if Colbert expressed his enthusiasm/jealousy regarding Stewart's longer renewal on his show tonight, in keeping with the mock tension the two maintain between them.
Both the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, notable for their strengths in the adults 18-49 viewership demographic, are the only late night talk shows to post viewership gains this television season.
Both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will air new episodes tonight at 11/10c at 11:30/10:30c, respectively, on Comedy Central. Stewart's guest will be Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, while Colbert's guest will be gun safety advocate Dan Gross.