“Daily Show,” “Colbert Report” May Return To Hulu

    January 3, 2011

Two TV shows famous for reporting the day’s news to hilarious effect may soon return to Hulu.  Rumor has it that important people at both Hulu and Comedy Central are making an effort to bring "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" back to the site.

The shows were pulled in March of this year after Hulu was unable to secure the rights to keep presenting them.  Reports indicated that Comedy Central wanted monetary payments in advance of whatever ad revenue episodes generated.

Hulu handled the loss well, though, saying "a fond farewell" with an official blog post, and now it looks like remaining friendly could pay off.

HuluBrian Stelter wrote this week, "[E]xecutives at Hulu and Comedy Central negotiated about restoring the shows as recently as last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the talks. . . .  Both sides were eager to make peace, the people said."

Let’s hope an agreement is reached.  "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" are still available through Comedy Central sites, but Hulu’s user interface is widely considered to be better-designed.

The only catch may be in whether the shows are made available to everyone or tied to Hulu Plus in some way.