News Briefs: Comedy Central Schedules John Oliver's Daily Show Takeover


... The Daily Show correspondent John Oliver—yes, Professor Duncan himself—will be taking over for Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show while Stewart engages in some summer hobby of making thought-provoking human-interest films. Look for Oliver to occupy Stewart's chair for eight weeks beginning on June 10, when his guests for the first week include Seth Rogen, Armando Iannucci, and Mavis Staples. Stewart, who is using the time off to direct the feature film Rosewater, will return September 3. [Comedy Central via press release]


... Grimm's first Tuesday night was a good one. The supernatural procedural debuted in its new time slot last night and pulled in 5.77 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among the 18-49ers. That's better than the so-called "super hit" Revolution, which drew 5.49 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the same demo the night before for a series low. [TV By the Numbers]

... The Young and the Restless leads this year's Daytime Emmy Awards nominations with 23, helping CBS become the most nominated network with 50. The Young and the Restless will battle The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, and One Life to Live for Outstanding Drama Series. Great! That's all the time I have for Daytime Emmy Awards, so if you want to see all the nominations, follow the link. [TV Guide]

... Add Meredith Vieira to the list of people giving a daytime talk show a shot. The Today and The View vet is filming a pilot for a chatter show that is being produced by NBCUniversal with an aim at syndication in 2014. [Deadline Hollywood

... CNN has renewed Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown for a second season, a reminder that Anthony Bourdain has a show on CNN. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Adult Swim has acquired the off-network rights to Fox's Bob's Burgers. The first three seasons of the underrated and underappreciated show will start airing on Adult Swim this summer. Anything to get more eyeballs for Bob's is good by me. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Tom Berenger will guest-star in the first three episodes of TNT's Major Crimes, the spinoff of The Closer starring Mary McDonnell. Hatfield & McCoys' Beregner, a film vet with Platoon and Major League in his credits, will play Captain Sharon Raydor's (McDonnell) estranged husband who ditched lawyering for gambling. Major Crimes returns for Season 2 in June. Previously, Berenger almost joined Fox's pilot Gang Related, but left after the first table read. [TNT via press release]

... JAG's Catherine Bell has booked a multi-episode arc on TNT's upcoming drama King & Maxwell. The drama stars Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney as private eyes. Bell will play the former flame of Tenney's character. Sorry, I bet you were hoping she'd play the former flame of Romijn's character, weren't you? [EW]

... British actor Gary Carr is joining PBS's Downton Abbey in Season 4. "Big deal," you say. Well, Carr is BLACK so whoa, yeah, people are kind of making a big deal out of this. But now that I think about it, why is it a big deal? Let's stop making a big deal out of small deals, people. Black people existed in England in the 1920s! Sheesh. Anyway, he'll play Jazz singer Jack Ross. [EW]

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