Correspondent signs deal for half-hour comedy

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” correspondent Rob Riggle is plotting a move to primetime.

Riggle has signed a talent holding deal, which includes a development component, with CBS and sister CBS Paramount Network TV to create and star in a half-hour laffer.

Riggle said he’s kicking around several ideas at the moment, one of which may touch upon his background as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

“I’ve got a notebook full of ideas that I’ve been keeping for many years,” Riggle said.

Principato-Young would be involved in the Riggle project, with Peter Principato and Paul Young attached as exec producer. Riggle would exec produce the project as well.

Comedian said he zeroed in on CBS because he felt the net — home to hits such as “Two and a Half Men” and “How I Met Your Mother” — “is making a real commitment to comedy.”

“They’ve got some good sensibilities over there,” he said.

Riggle said he’s committed to “The Daily Show” through the end of the year, and that host Stewart has given him his blessing to explore bigger opportunities.

“Jon’s been nothing but a great mentor and a great friend,” Riggle said. “When I sat down and told him what’s going on, he gave me a high five. He totally got it.”

Deal comes as two of Riggle’s “Daily Show” colleagues, married duo Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, are also busy developing a half-hour at CBS and its sibling studio (Daily Variety, Oct. 14).

Riggle, Jones and Bee’s deals mean “The Daily Show” may soon have several holes to fill in its correspondent lineup, much as it did a few years ago when Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Rob Corddry and others departed. Riggle, who joined the 2006, was a part of that new wave of stars.

“It’s been great exposure, and Jon really lets the correspondents have free rein,” Riggle said. “He lets you stretch your legs and find your voice. It’s been a great two and a half years.”

On “The Daily Show,” Riggle has traveled to Iraq and China to shoot on location. Comedian was also a featured played on “Saturday Night Live” during the 2004-05 TV season.

Riggle’s other credits include guest stints on “The Office” and “Arrested Development.” He also appeared in the features “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights” and “Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story.”

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