The writing is on the wall for Paramount’s struggling “Jon Stewart,” the studio’s “Arsenio Hall” replacement. The numbers for the latenight talkshow are too low to get it renewed for a second season in syndication, but the studio is said to be impressed enough by the host’s abilities that it has been pitching him to the networks.
Par first went to ABC about putting Stewart in the post-“Nightline” slot, but sources say those discussions have ended. More recently, it approached NBC Prods. about having Stewart replace Conan O’Brien. That show is drawing more critical raves these days, but still falls somewhat short in the ratings department.
Insiders at the Peacock web, however, say they expect the Stewart discussions won’t go anywhere. They note that when NBC affiliates recently met with network brass in Maui, most were more concerned about “Saturday Night Live” than “Conan.” That has boosted hopes the network will stick with it.
Next up for Stewart: Fox? UPN?