A 'Daily Show' without Jon Stewart is like a day without sunshine, right? Well, prepare for a particularly cloudy summer: the fake news anchor is planning on taking eight weeks off from his time behind the newsdesk to work on his directorial debut.
Stewart will be working on the film 'Rosewater', an adaptation of the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari's memoir 'Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.' Stewart wrote the screenplay.
No word yet on which eight weeks Stewart will spend away from the Daily Show, but we do know who his replacement will be: senior news correspondent John Oliver. Knowing Oliver's Daily Show persona, it will be interesting to see how the mood of the Daily Show changes over the course of the eight weeks. It's likely the series will play up Oliver's obnoxious character as "taking over" the series or something to that effect; my worry is just that the show doesn't become a British-accented Colbert Report.
While it will be a little odd to see a Stewart-less Daily Show (at least it's not permanent!), it will be far more exciting to see a Stewart-directed film -- and it looks to be a serious one at that. Maybe Stewart's directorial skills will warrant more credit than his admittedly less-than-great acting turns in films like 'Death to Smoochy.'
We'll keep you posted to see if Stewart mentions this news in tonight's airing of The Daily Show.