×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Comedy Central Extends Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Contract Through 2022

Trevor Noah will remain as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” through 2022, ensuring he will provide commentary and satire through the next presidential election. And he will get some new duties, to boot.

Under the terms of the deal, announced Thursday by  theViacom-owned network, Noah will stay on as host, writer and executive producer of the program, anc will produce and host annual, year-end specials, starting this year. The format of the specials is still being worked out, said Kent Alterman, president of Comedy Central, in an interview. Noah realized “that on a day-to-day basis, he is absorbing the headlines of the day, and creating content out of that, and it would be great to within the auspices of ‘The Daily Show’ do some sort of stand-up special or take a look at the year in terms of the headlines that have transpired,” Alterman said. “Maybe there’s an undercurrent of not necessarily assuming we are going to have a year to follow.”

By extending Noah’s contract, Comedy Central is signaling its confidence in the host, who spent some time under intense critical scrutiny after inheriting the “Daily Show” seat from his predecessor, Jon Stewart, in September of 2015.  The program, as it has been since it launched with Craig Kilborn as host in 1998, serves as the linchpin to the network’s late-night schedule, and has become, along with “South Park,” a signature series.

Noah is the most recent of TV’s late-night hosts to extend their current tenure. Time Warner’s HBO on Tuesday extended its deal with John Oliver through 2020. The company’s TBS renewed its deal with Conan O’Brien through 2022.

Success at “The Daily Show” has also allowed for a veritable wee-hours empire of programming over the years that has included “The Colbert Report,” “@midnight” and “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” On September 25, “The Daily Show” will feed viewers into a new program, “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper,” a former “Daily Show” correspondent. Noah will serve as an executive producer of that series. A promo for the new show appeared Wednesday night at the end of the most recent “Daily Show” broadcast.

Executives at the network were prepared to let Noah have time to grow into his post, said Alterman. “We realized if the goal was to replace Jon Stewart with just a younger version of Jon Stewart, that would have been a fool’s errand,” he said. “I really looked at an opportunity to try to think about bringing someone who would turn it into their own thing.” But Noah required time to get his footing both in front of and behind the camera, said Alterman, and the audience needed time to grow comfortable with him.

“We were totally braced for it,and we never waned in terms of our belief in Trevor,” he said. Alterman said he felt the recent election helped transform the perception of Noah as an outsider using his experience growing up in South Africa as an intriguing lens on current events to one of an insider, who has been experiencing the nation’s recent political and cultural tumult alongside viewers.

Citing Nielsen ratings, Comedy Central said “The Daily Show” is up 17% so far in the current quarter among viewers between 18 and 49 compared with the year-earlier period, and up 28% among total viewers. The network also suggested the program is coming up on NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in terms of viewers between 18 to 34. Throughout Noah’s second season, “Daily Show” has posted monthly and quarter gains compared with the previous year, the network said. Noah is represented by CAA, Mainstay Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson.

More TV

  • Phylicia Rashad

    'The Terror,' 'Los Espookys,' Phylicia Rashad Join 2019 ATX Television Festival Lineup

    Phylicia Rashad; upcoming series “David Makes Man,” “The Terror: Infamy” and “Los Espookys”; and some panels dedicated to female storytelling have joined the eighth annual ATX Television Festival. Rashad will be honored with this year’s “Award in Television eXcellence” and will take part in a Q&A discussion around the event. This award celebrates her iconic [...]

  • Matthew Rhys

    'Perry Mason' Starring Matthew Rhys Scores Series Order at HBO, Tim Van Patten to Direct

    The Team Downey-produced “Perry Mason” limited series has been picked up at HBO. The series will be set in 1932 Los Angeles. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer (Matthew Rhys). When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, [...]

  • Apple Video, TV, News Subscription Service

    Apple Ready to Raise Curtain on Video, TV and News Subscription Service

    The day has nearly arrived for Apple to show the world whether there’s any fire behind the smoke of its streaming service. Apple has kept a tight lid on most of the details of its upcoming service, even keeping its creative partners in the dark about how exactly their work will be distributed. What is [...]

  • Fox Layoffs

    Disney-21st Fox Layoffs: TV Divisions Brace for Deep Cuts

    A second day of mass layoffs has begun on the Fox lot in the wake of Disney completing its acquisition of 21st Century Fox on Wednesday. Longtime 20th Century Fox Television Distribution president Mark Kaner is among the senior executives who were formally notified with severance details on Friday morning. 21st Century Fox’s international TV [...]

  • Barry Manilow illustration by Ben Kirchner

    Barry Manilow Reflects on Early Career, New York Talent Show 'Callback,' and Featherbed

    Barry Manilow’s place as one of America’s best-loved entertainers was secured decades ago, but the 75-year-old shows no signs of resting on his laurels, which include nearly 50 top 40 hits, beaucoup gold and platinum albums, sold-out tours, an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and a Clio. His 21st century accomplishments include more SRO dates, [...]

  • This image taken from the Twitter

    HBO’s Reaction to Trump’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Campaign

    Everyone wants a piece of the “Game of Thrones” lemon cake. From Bud Light to Red Bull the world of Westeros is open to a lot of brand partnerships, unless you’re using that iconic typeface to push a political agenda. In November of 2018 President Donald Trump unveiled a “Thrones” inspired poster with the words [...]

  • Jeff Goldblum performs in a sketch

    Inside the High-Pressure World of Late-Night Talk-Show Prop Demands

    Television production is an area where “Hurry up and wait” is a common refrain. However, for the prop teams that work on late-night talk shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” that’s not an option. They typically have only a matter of hours to deliver what’s necessary. Lou A. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content