Q: When is Jon Stewart’s last program on “The Daily Show”? – Mike Grant, Grand Junction, Colo.
A: Aug. 6 is the date of his final taping for the Comedy Central program, which will wrap up a 17-year run for him. It’s guaranteed to be quite an event; we often ask celebrities which shows they like to record and watch, and we’d estimate that at least three out of five times, “The Daily Show” is on that list.
As for Stewart’s successor, Trevor Noah will assume that job on Sept. 28 – thus helping to make that a major month for changings of the guards in late-night television, since Stephen Colbert officially will inherit David Letterman’s former role on CBS’ “Late Show” on Sept. 8.
Q: I would like to know why Danny Pino left “Law & Order: SVU.” Also, I would like to know if “Rush” will be returning. – Sharon Hurley, Palm Coast. Fla.
A: Executive producer Warren Leight has said that both Pino and his character, Detective Nick Amaro, had wanted to “spread his wings” ... thus the decision for the actor to exit the NBC drama in last season’s finale. He reportedly played a major role creatively in helping to determine how the situation would be handled, and it’s been suggested that the door is open if he’d like to return, though that likely would be on a guest-starring basis.
As for “Rush,” USA Network decided to discontinue it after its one and only season last year. A couple of its principal actors have moved on to other projects; Tom Ellis has been cast in next season’s comic-book-inspired Fox series “Lucifer,” and Odette Annable currently is appearing as Trudy Cooper in ABC’s “The Astronaut Wives Club.”