When a major show announces they are making the switch to HD, I find myself thinking, "Finally!" If you have an HD TV you know how annoying it can be watching shows that aren't produced in hi-def. The latest to get in on the treatment are Comedy Central's The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. They'll begin broadcasting in HD on January 4, 2010.

The fact that Tosh.0, on the same network, has broadcast an entire season (granted it's first) in HD already, this is a bit of a travesty. Daily and Colbert are two of Comedy Central's three signature shows. South Park is the third, but even they've been HD for a while now.

I had the same reaction earlier this year when The Late Late Show made their own transition to HD. It doesn't make sense for one of a network's major shows to be so far behind the times. Is it that expensive with these "talk show" types of formats to transition them to high definition after producing them in regular definition? Were Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert worried that they wouldn't look as pretty if we could see all the lines on their faces (remember Liz Lemon in hi-def on 30 Rock!)?

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report air in a block on Comedy Central weeknights starting at 11 PM ET.

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