Comedy 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 Central.

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.