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Comedy Central Greenlights 2 Late-Night Series

May 3, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Comedy Central on Tuesday said it has greenlighted two new late-night series as companions to “The Daily Show.”

One, produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions, is “The Colbert Report,” featuring “Daily Show” correspondent Stephen Colbert. “What the ‘Daily Show’ is to the evening news, ‘The Colbert Report’ is to O’Reilly/Scarborough/Hannity, Anderson Cooper, et al … except Colbert’s show will be intentionally funny,” the network said.

The other is a show featuring Adam Carolla, former star of the channel’s “The Man Show.” The untitled Corolla program, from Jackhole Industries, is expected to be shot in front of a live audience and feature a celebrity guest and man-on-the-street segment. Both shows are scheduled for the third quarter.

The network hasn’t set premiere dates or time slots for either show. Comedy Central also said “Weekends at the DL,” starring D.L. Hughley, will air at 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday — the nights “Daily Show” is off — starting July 29.

Comedy Central is also partnering with Chris Rock on a diversity program providing internships for aspiring comedy writers. The internships will run from June 13 to Aug. 5.