Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and @midnight will provide live election coverage on Election Night.
Comedy Central is capitalizing on what continues to be an election season full of surprises by announcing a slate of election-themed programming during election week, including live episodes of their late-night lineup, consisting of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and @midnight with Chris Hardwick.
Splitsider reports that things will kick off on Monday, Nov. 7 when Comedy Central broadcasts a politically themed South Park marathon that’s been dubbed “South Park: Make America Mmmkay Again” from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. On Election Day in prime time, there will be special election-themed episodes of Tosh.0 and Drunk History at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively, with the latter reliving some of the show’s best political reenactments. They will be followed by an extended installment of the network’s flagship series The Daily Show. The live, hour-long episode featuring Noah and “The Best F#@king News Team” breaking down the election results will begin at 11 p.m. While the show has struggled to find its footing at times over the past year, it has seen a ratings bump in the past few weeks, likely due to the proximity to the election and the continued scandals plaguing both campaigns.
Daily Show will be followed by a live edition of @midnight in its proper time slot, marking the first time it has ever gone live in its short history. The panel game show will feature returning comedians Paul F. Tompkins, Whitney Cummings and Ron Funches giving their takes on the inevitable social media meltdowns as the votes are counted. While the show isn’t as politically focused as its lead-in, it has attempted to fill the void left by The Nightly Show with segments like “Panderdome,” which explores the candidates often lame attempts to win over voters.
It also recently received a visit from Will Ferrell reprising his role as George W. Bush from SNL in an attempt to defend his family name following the release of the Access Hollywood tape, which featured his cousin, Billy Bush. Additionally, the late-night show was taken over by Donald Trump — played by impersonator Anthony Atamanuik — for a week of episodes last month. @midnight was renewed for a fourth season in early October, with the network giving it a 40-week pickup to air through 2017, but it’s still unclear whether it’ll assume its current time slot long-term despite its title, or if it’ll move back half an hour to make way for a more traditional show as a replacement for the cancelled Nightly Show.
Other late-night series providing special election coverage include The Late Show, which will go live on the eve of Election Day as well as the day after, while its host Stephen Colbert is getting his own Showtime special on Nov. 8 to break down the election results in real-time. Meanwhile, SNL will air a prime time election special on Nov. 7 highlighting some of their best political sketches, and TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will be airing a special telecast to respond to the outcome of the election the day after Americans go to the polls, in addition to its regular Monday episode.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and @midnight with Chris Hardwick air Monday-Thursday starting at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.