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‘Daily Show’ Showrunner Rory Albanese to Exit Program

Albanese has already sold a project to CBS under a fresh deal with WBTV

Rory Albanese, scribe and showrunner for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will depart the latenight Comedy Central series on Thursday, Variety has confirmed. He has been with the show for over a decade.

As first reported by Deadline, Albanese has inked a two-script development deal with Warner Bros. TV and is eying the primetime comedy space as his first post-“Daily Show” venture. A standup comedian himself, Albanese has already set a halfhour multi-cam project at CBS that he will write and exec produce, one that falls under the scope of his Warner pact. The comedy is set in a family-owned drug store, where the conservative father and liberal son are constantly battling over the future of the business — and the direction of the country.

The “Daily Show” team will promote from within its own seasoned staff as it searches for the program’s next showrunner. An official announcement of a replacement for Albanese has yet to occur.

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