TVLine Items: Daily Show Sets John Oliver's Hosting Debut, Rectify Renewed and More!

The Daily Show Host John OliverThe Daily Show With Jon Stewart John Oliver has secured a start date.

Comedy Central announced Wednesday that the late-night series’ fan-fave correspondent will begin his eight-week stint as guest host on Monday, June 10.

Oliver is slated to fill in as The Daily Show’s anchor while the Stewart takes a brief leave of absence in order to direct his first feature film, an adaptation of Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.

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Stewart, meanwhile, will reprise his hosting duties on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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• Sundance Channel has renewed its new hit drama Rectify for a second season, to bow in 2014.

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• British actor Gary Carr (Death in Paradise) has joined Downton Abbey‘s Season 4. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Carr — whose casting marks the series’ first recurring black cast member — will play a charismatic jazz singer.

• Oprah Winfrey will sit down with Jason Collins — the first openly gay active pro athlete in a major American sport — and his family this Sunday, May 5, during an installment of Oprah’s Next Chapter. The special will air at 8/7c on OWN.

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