NEW YORK – Comedy Centrals late-night duo is sticking around for at least a few more years.
The network announced Wednesday that Jon Stewart has extended his contract to host The Daily Show through the middle of 2015. Stephen Colbert also signed an extension that takes him through the end of 2014 as host of The Colbert Report.
Last week, each show was nominated for four Emmy Awards.
Colbert has hosted The Colbert Report since 2005. Stewart has presided at The Daily Show since 1999. Both are also producers and writers of their shows.
NBC plans series on ‘Dracula’
NBC is sinking its teeth into the classic tale of Dracula for a new drama series.
The network announced Tuesday a 10-episode version of the Bram Stoker novel. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has the title role as the vampire set in Victorian-era England.
Meyers is known for starring in the Showtime series The Tudors, and for the TV film Elvis.
Dracula is from the producers behind the acclaimed hit Downton Abbey, Carnival Films & Television. It will begin production later this year, NBC said.
The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association conference. NBC did not announce an airdate for Dracula.
PBS unveils project on Roosevelts
PBS says a Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt family is in the works for 2014.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History is a seven-part documentary that runs 14 hours long. It will focus on three members of the political family: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, and President Theodore Roosevelt.
Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti and Edward Herrman will provide the voices of Eleanor and cousins Theodore and Franklin.
In 2013, PBS will air Constitution USA with Peter Sagal, a road trip by the National Public Radio host to see the document in action.
PBS also announced Saturday that Viking River Cruises has extended its sponsorship of Masterpiece, the home of shows including the hit drama Downton Abbey.
Viking will sponsor the showcase for two more years.
Kobalt to manage McCartney music
Kobalt Music Group Ltd., a music publisher that is now one of the worlds biggest, says that it will manage the copyrights of Paul McCartneys post-Beatles songs such as Ebony and Ivory and Band on the Run, along with works managed by McCartneys MPL Communications outside of North America and the U.K.
The deal marks a break for McCartney from EMI, which was acquired for $2.2 billion by a group of investors led by Sony/ATV last month, forming the worlds biggest music publisher.