Some like it rough — and TV doesn't get much rougher or darker than BBC America's brutally compelling crime drama Luther, mining new depths of depravity and tragedy in its third cycle (airing as a four-night miniseries this Tuesday through Friday at 10/9c, except Wednesday, when it airs an hour earlier as the lead-in to the even more shattering Broadchurch). Once again, Luther's Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning star Idris Elba attacks his signature role of the tormented, damaged London detective John Luther with raw magnetism. He has a way of absorbing others' pain and isn't afraid to inflict some of his own, but Luther's history of explosively reckless behavior has made him the target of a relentless Internal Affairs cop (the excellent David O'Hara), who tries to turn Luther's loyal partner Ripley (Warren Brown) against him.
It was business as usual at The Daily Show Monday night with one crucial difference: Jon Stewart was nowhere to be seen. With the host on hiatus to direct a film, John Oliver, the show's Senior British Correspondent since 2006, made his debut as The Daily Show's temporary summer host.
Jon Stewart is officially on hiatus from The Daily Show for the summer, and it appears that new host John Oliver is already making himself at home.
At the end of Thursday's show, Stewart attempted to offer a heartfelt goodbye to his audience, but was interrupted by Oliver, who showed up behind the desk with a tape measure, barking orders into a cell phone.
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Jon Stewart is going off the air — temporarily, that is.
Stewart will take a 12-week hiatus from The Daily Show this summer, TVGuide.com has confirmed. For eight of the 12 weeks, the program will air new episodes with correspondent John Oliver in Stewart's place.
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Stewart is directing his first film, Rosewater, which he also wrote, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari's 2011 memoir And Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.