Central Makes News for Quinn
By John Dempsey,
Variety - 10/31/02
Colin Quinn, who spent a couple
of years as sole anchor of the Weekend Update segment of "Saturday
Night Live)," will get a two-week/eight-episode test of
a series targeted as a companion piece to "The Daily Show
With Jon Stewart" on Comedy Central.
The still-untitled half-hour
series will feature Quinn and some of his comedian cronies, plus
celebrities, sounding off on issues of the day before a studio
audience. Some of the banter will be scripted and some spontaneous.
The on-air test begins Dec. 9.
After the eighth and final half-hour
runs on Dec. 19, the network will assess how well the format
works, how well the comedians play off well against each other
and whether the comics featured should be permanent or rotating,
said Lauren Corrao, senior VP of original programming for Comedy
In addition, the network will
ponder whether the show would be better in another time period,
or as a weekly rather than a daily show.
So far, Comedy Central has not
managed to produce a successful nightly program leading out of
"The Daily Show," Corrao said, referring to the failure
as "a missed opportunity" that she hopes the Quinn
show will remedy.