10:38am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Daily Show' Showrunner Rory Albanese to Exit
The Daily Show is losing showrunner Rory Albanese. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the seven-year veteran of the Comedy Central flagship, an executive producer the last five, will depart the series Thursday.
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Albanese's replacement has yet to be decided, but the series is expected to promote from within. His departure coincides with a two-scripted development deal with Warner
Bros. TV -- and one project is already in the works with CBS.
Albanese will write and executive produce the multicamera comedy, set in a family-owned drugstore run by a conservative father and liberal son who are constantly butting heads.
The deal, which sees Albanese moving from New York to Los Angeles, will not derail his current side job as a touring stand-up comedian. Albanese has nine primetime Emmy awards to his name, all for The Daily Show's many best variety series and best writing for variety series wins.
He is repped by CAA.