Original Show: The Daily Show
Played By: John Oliver
The Pitch: It's been eight long years since The Daily Show begat The Colbert Report, which means it's time to add another arm to the Comedy Central comedy-news empire. Adding Oliver as the explicitly liberal foil to Colbert's false conservative only makes sense. Colbert's skewering of the GOP got all of us through Bush II; now, The New Yorker-reading, NPR-listening, hybrid car-driving stroller parents need to get theirs.
Though losing Oliver from The Daily Show would be just as painful as it was to lose Ed Helms, Steve Carrell, and Rob Corddry, if you love a quirky stand-up comedian/writer, sometimes you have to set it free.