Comedy Central is heading back to the drawing board again as it searches for an 11:30 p.m. ET companion to The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.
The network has canceled The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, which will end its run in two weeks. The show, which just debuted last September, satirized hyperbolic alt-media outlets like Breitbart and Infowars. Klepper played a fictionalized version of himself, a character he described last summer as “a know-nothing provocateur who fights for the common man … Alex Jones meets Garrison Keillor.”
However, the network will remain in business with the former Daily Show correspondent and will air a new primetime weekly series with him called Klepper, which is expected to debut next year.
For now, Comedy Central will air its syndicated episodes of The Office at 11:30 p.m. ET , after The Opposition’s final episode on June 28.
The Opposition is the second 11:30 p.m. ET show to have a short-lived Comedy Central run since The Colbert Report signed off in December 2014 as Stephen Colbert prepared to take over The Late Show. The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore was canceled in August 2016 after an 18-month run.
Klepper will create and star in Klepper, which Comedy Central said will start production next month and premiere in “early 2019.” In a statement, the network said, “We thank the cast and crew of The Opposition for their incredible efforts in creating such a bold, provocative show and look forward to the launch of Jordan’s new primetime series next year.”
“Moving forward, I will be leaving The Opposition’s paranoid Jordan Klepper character behind. I figured maybe, right now, the world could use one less asshole,” said Klepper in a statement. “This new Jordan Klepper guy I know intimately cause I’ve been him for the better part of my life. He’s eager to get into the field, talk to real America and make a kickass television show.”
Comedy Central described the new series as follows: “Jordan Klepper gets out of the studio and into the real world, speaking to real people and addressing issues important to him and to the country. Klepper intends to drive the narrative instead of regurgitate it, engaging people and challenging attitudes, perceptions and bias. Klepper will give the forgotten folks the attention they deserve.”
Before the show launched, Klepper told Adweek that The Colbert Report had proved the potential longevity in building a late-night show around a fictional character. “Colbert proved that you can do a character and filter a show, day in and day out, through this point of view, which is very inspiring, and as a fan of that show, I was able to watch that and say, ‘Oh, this is a sustainable idea.’”