From the sharply satirical to the hopefully funny, Jason Jones is beginning his transition from ‘Daily Show’ correspondent to leading comedic actor.
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Jones has signed on to topline the forthcoming NBC comedy pilot ‘Love Is Relative.’
The sitcom follows a wife and her husband as they rethink and re-examine their marriage following the divorce of her brother, who moves in with the couple following the separation.
Jones will play Nate, the genial husband and father who can’t help but feel a bit jealous of his brother-in-law’s newfound freedom and lack of responsibility. He will star opposite Leslie Bibb, while Barry Rothbart plays the newly single brother.
The show comes from writer Dan Mazer (‘Borat’), who will also direct and executive produce the single-camera comedy.
It’s exciting news for Jones, who looks to follow in the footsteps of former ‘Daily Show’ correspondents Steve Carrell, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Dan Bakkedahl, and the newly departed John Oliver, among others who have had varying degrees of success on film and television in their post-'Daily Show' lives.
Should the pilot be picked up, Jones will depart ‘The Daily Show’ where he has been a correspondent since September 2005. That makes him the longest-serving reporter on the show save for one person: Samantha Bee, who has been there since 2003, and happens to be Jones’ wife.