Just a couple weeks after Jon Stewart announced he was leaving “The Daily Show” this year, one of the show’s correspondents has revealed a planned departure from the news satire program as well.
Late this morning, Jason Jones took to Twitter to announce that he will be leaving the Comedy Central program after over nine years of being a correspondent on the show (that’s as long as the entire run of “The Colbert Report” Here the tweets Jason Jones posted to tell his fans the news:
As you can see, these tweets go hand-in-hand with the news announced by TBS this morning that they have picked up a currently untitled half-hour pilot created by Jones and his wife Samantha Bee, who is also a correspondent on “The Daily Show.” However, despite Jones’ departure for the TBS program, Bee will not be leaving “The Daily Show” with her husband, even though she’s a co-creator and executive producer on the new show.
The new comedy series, which was given a 10-episode order, is inspired by the experiences Jones and Bee have had with family getaways. The series, with a pilot directed by Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink, follows a couple with a pair of kids as they take a trip to Florida. Jones plays the father Nate while Natalie Zea plays his wife Robin, both trying to keep their rebellious daughter Delilah (Ashley Gerasimovich) and simpleton son Jared (Liam Carroll) in line.
Not unlike National Lampoon’s Vacation, the series sees this father’s hopeful adventure of a lifetime turned into a complete disaster, taking literal and figurative wrong turns across the country. If the series should prove to be successful, each following season would focus on a different family vacation, though it’s not clear if there would be another family as the central characters.
This good news for Jones also means that he is definitely out of the running to replace Stewart at “The Daily Show” desk, right along with former correspondent John Oliver, who just had his new HBO series renewed for two more seasons. So we’re still stuck wondering who will inherit those big shoes.
Production on the TBS show is supposed to begin towards the end of the year so it’s likely Jason Jones will leave sometime in the summer or fall at the latest. Sounds like Comedy Central is going to be very busy finding some new employees.
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