After pulling the plug on its latest post-The Daily Show program, Comedy Central has decided that for now, the best 11:30 companion for Trevor Noah is … more Trevor Noah.
Starting tonight, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah—which has been renamed The Daily Social Distancing Show With Trevor Noah while the program is produced entirely remotely during the pandemic—is expanding from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. It’s the first time in the show’s 24-year history that episodes will be 45 minutes long.
The shift allows Comedy Central to take advantage of The Daily Show’s raised profile in the last month—Noah’s interviews with coronavirus newsmakers Dr. Anthony Fauci and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been viewed more than 43 million times across Comedy Central’s digital and social media channels—while also filling the void on its schedule caused by its cancellation of Lights Out With David Spade earlier this month.
The expansion applies to the remote episodes only; whenever The Daily Show returns to the studio, those episodes will once again be 30 minutes.
Lights Out, which debuted just nine months ago, was Comedy Central’s third failed attempt at finding a companion series to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, following The Opposition With Jordan Klepper (canceled after nine months) and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore (which ended after 18 months). The show is being shopped to other outlets, and Spade has continued to produce digital content this month during the lockdown.
For now, episodes of other Comedy Central programming—including The Office, South Park and Crank Yankers—will air at 11:45 following that day’s Daily Show episode.
The Daily Show is the No. 1 late night show among adults 18-34 and men 18-34. While the program original went dark following the coronavirus pandemic, it began producing digital content in mid-March, and returned to Comedy Central with full episodes on March 23.