'Daily Show' Correspondent Jason Jones To CBS Pilot 'The Assistants'
"The Daily Show" may have another correspondent leaping into the big time.
Senior correspondent Jason Jones is set to co-star in the CBS comedy pilot "The Assistants," Deadline reports. He'll play husband to Heather Locklear's character, a celebrity with a freshly hired, star-eyed assistant, to be played by David Henrie. This is Jones' second go-round with CBS; in 2008, he and wife/"Daily Show" co-star Samantha Bee worked on a pilot for the network about a celebrity chef.
Last year, Jones starred in a pilot for ABC, "How to Be a Better American," that was not picked up for series. On "The Daily Show," Jones has had a number of hit segments, but is perhaps best known for his on-location coverage of the Iranian election.
Jones would follow a long line of "Daily Show" correspondents that made the leap from Jon Stewart's sidekick to big time star. The list is led by Steve Carell, the iconic and now departing boss on "The Office" and bonafide movie star, as well as his now-former "Office" co-star Ed Helms, who starred in "The Hangover" and is set for its sequel this summer. Rob Corddry stars in his own series on Cartoon Network, "Children's Hospital."
Then there is, of course, Stephen Colbert, who has his own hit show following Stewart's, as well as a knock-off website.
For more on Jones' pilot, click over to Deadline.