Going alone: Jordan Klepper is the latest 'Daily Show' grad

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Jordan Klepper as seen in "The Daily Show"

Jordan Klepper as seen in "The Daily Show"

Going alone: Comedy Central is going all in with Jordan Klepper. Since 2014, the Michigan-born comedian has milked laughs as a correspondent in "The Daily Show," first alongside former host Jon Stewart, and these days with current host Trevor Noah. That's about to change, though, with Klepper leaving the iconic late-night laugh-in and launching his own show in the coveted post-"Daily Show" slot.

Set to launch this fall, the as-yet-unnamed program will be in the vein of the other former "Daily Show" correspondents who once filled the same time-slot. Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report," which he hosted from 2005 to 2014 before leaving it to take over CBS's "The Late Show," was half of Comedy Central's one-two punch that, along with "The Daily Show," was a focal point in late-night television.

Klepper joined "The Daily Show" in 2014 and remained during the show's transition from Stewart to Noah, even filling in as host for an episode in 2016 when Noah called in sick.

His new post-"Daily Show" time-slot is one for which the network has struggled to find a good fit since "The Colbert Report" wrapped up. "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," which was also hosted by a former "Daily Show" correspondent, fell far short of its predecessor's ratings, so much so that it only lasted two seasons before Comedy Central pulled the plug, and bumped improv game show "@midnight" into a holding pattern in the timeslot.

The odds of success seem to be in Klepper's favor, though. "The Daily Show" has acted as an incubator of sorts for talent, with several of its correspondents going on to find their own success. On top of Colbert's success, John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" is a huge hit for HBO, and Samantha Bee's "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" has made the comedian a household name.

Jordan Klepper's new show premieres this fall.


From 'Bob' to 'Barb': An early-'90s Hollywood hit is getting the small-screen treatment. 1991's "What About Bob?" was a smash with audiences and critics alike, and NBC is rebooting the story with a pilot for a single-camera comedy.

The newly named "What About Barb?" is keeping the kernel of what made the Bill Murray ("Groundhog Day," 1993) and Richard Dreyfuss ("American Graffiti," 1973) film what it was, while transforming it into something altogether more modern.

Leah Remini ("The King of Queens") headlines the cast -- which is still being assembled -- as Suzanne, a New York Times bestselling author and psychotherapist. British actress Jessica Gunning ("Law & Order: UK") has been tapped as the titular Barb, a well-meaning but offbeat woman who feels a real connection with her therapist, Suzanne.

When Suzanne tries to cut her overbearing patient loose, Barb doesn't give up, and ends up worming her way into her therapist's family, much to Suzanne's dismay.

Should the pilot be picked up to a full series, it will mark a return to scripted comedy for Remini. She starred in "King of Queens" for nine seasons, but since that hit comedy wrapped up, she's been focused on more unscripted fare, including serving as a host of CBS's "The Talk," and as an executive producer of A&E documentary "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath."

Both Remini fans and "What About Bob?" lovers can rejoice at both of their returns -- assuming that "What About Barb?" gets past the pilot stage, of course.


Small screen, meet big screen: Grab some popcorn, awards show season isn't over yet. And the biggest and best movies of the past year are duking it out for recognition again -- only this time, they have company. The MTV Movie Awards are back, but with a whole new name and a bunch of new categories, the change is more than just a fresh coat of paint.

Adam Devine ("Workaholics") hosts this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards, which, for the first time, includes TV shows competing in their own categories for coveted golden popcorn trophies. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles Sunday, May 7, the event honors winners in various categories as chosen by fans voting online.

At the head of the pack among the movie nominees is 2017's "Get Out," with six nominations. "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) follows closely with four nominations, with big Oscar winner "Moonlight" (2016) not far behind with three.

Unsurprisingly, the new TV categories are dominated by two of television's hottest shows. Netflix's "Stranger Things" competes in four categories this year, with HBO's "Game of Thrones" nipping at its heels with three nods.

In addition to the awards show standards like Show of the Year and Best Documentary, the MTV Movie & TV Awards also features some less-conventional categories, including Best Kiss, Best Fight Against the System and Best Hero.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards broadcasts live Sunday, May 7.