So it’s been 3 weeks, hardly seems it. I think we know pretty well by now what Stephen’s format is going to be- dancing, a little monologue/guest intro/joke, the playover, a longer desk monologue, break, another monologue/sketch, break.
That’s the first half hour.
Then first guest, break, second guest, break, musical guest.
Unfortunately it is likely that all the good parts are going to be in that first half hour which goes head to head with Larry. I’m more conflicted than before about what to pay attention to.
Next Week’s Guests
- Monday 9/28: Michelle Obama, Mindy Kaling, and John Legend
- Tuesday 9/29: Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, and Dominic Wilcox
- Wednesday 9/30: John Oliver, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Bill Withers and Ed Sheeran
- Thursday 10/1: Claire Danes, Evan Spiegel, and PewDiePie
- Friday 10/2: Morgan Freeman, Ruth Wilson, and Sean Murray
Of that lot the one I’m really excited about is John, but clearly Stephen is downshifting into production mode and not every night is going to be ‘must see’ TV, at least for me.
The New Kid
I don’t know what to expect from Trevor and neither I suspect do you. He’s diversified the writing and correspondent teams. Most of the senior production team has stayed though there have been some shifting of responsibilities and promotions. He has a new “social media” co-ordinator who’s supposed to be very good (maybe he can talk to Larry about his terrible site).
He’s been hated on by professional racists his whole life and there are indications he views the United States as amateur hour. His political orientation is literally unAmerican (in that peculiar way we’ve adopted a term that spans 2 continents to mean only the United States) and says that he’ll be non-partisan.
Less confrontational too and I must say it amazes me that this meme that Jon Stewart was some kind of raving, rabid, radical Lefty has in such a short time become conventional wisdom.
Or maybe not. That someone as weak tea as Jon (remember his bi-partisany bits?) should be cast this way serves the interests of the neolib consensus “centrists” that pervade D.C. and the corporatist whore Media.
We have always been at war with EastAsia.
Here are some pieces to read-
- Trevor Noah’s Daily Show – what to expect next week, by Lanre Bakare, The Guardian
- Trevor Noah’s learning curve: How “The Daily Show” host plans to turn his “clean slate” into success, by Anna Silman, Salon
- ‘Wild card’ Trevor Noah ready to revamp the Daily Show with an outsider twist, by Lanre Bakare, The Guardian
- Trevor Noah on “Daily Show” diversity, P.C. outrage and racism: “America suffers from a level of institutionalized racial segregation”, by Anna Silman, Salon
- Trevor Noah on His Version of ‘The Daily Show’, By Jonah Weiner, Rolling Stone
His initial guests are-