After serving as correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show for two years, Rob Riggle is ready move on with other projects. The 38-year-old actor will be leaving the satirical talk show on tomorrow’s episode, in his words “to go fight crime.” In reality, however, he’ll be heading to primetime as he has already signed a talent holding contract, including a development deal with CBS and CBS Paramount Network TV to create and star in a half-hour comedy series.
Describing itself as a fake news program, The Daily Show draws its comedy from recent news stories, satirizing political figures, media organizations, and often, aspects of the show itself. Some of Riggle’s most memorable work on The Daily Show included a segment where he went to Iraq to serve as a correspondent as well as entertain the troops under the purview of the United Service Organization. During the 2008 Olympics, Riggle also traveled to China to tape sketches for the The Daily Show, producing a four-part special feature titled Rob Riggle: Chasing the Dragon.
According to Riggle, he decided to make the move to CBS because he felt the network, which is home to such sitcoms like Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, “is making a real commitment to comedy.”
“They’ve got some good sensibilities over there,” he said.
At the moment, Rob Riggle is pondering on several ideas, one of which may tap his background as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
“I’ve got a notebook full of ideas that I’ve been keeping for many years,” said Riggle, who is also credited for his roles on The Office, Arrested Development, Saturday Night Live and Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story.
For the upcoming Rob Riggle project, Peter Principato and Paul Young have been attached as executive producers with Riggle as producer as well.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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