News Nuggets: Who is Trevor Noah and is he really replacing Jon Stewart as ‘The Daily Show’ host?

Who wants to replace Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” for Comedy Central? The potential list of replacement hosts has been getting smaller and smaller with so many possibilities with prior commitments. Relatively new show correspondent Trevor Noah is now “considered the most likely candidate” according to an inside source this weekend. He only recently debuted on the Emmy-winning program December 4 as the senior international correspondent. Others on the original short list not available include Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, and Jessica Williams. Stewart will depart sometime later this year. Deadline

Nickelodeon announces their 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards winners Saturday night. Top film picks include “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and its stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, Ben Stiller, Angelina Jolie, and Emma Stone. TV winners are “Modern Family,” “Austin and Ally,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “The Voice.” The Wrap

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Animated family film “Home” easily tops the weekend box office with an excellent $54 million for its debut. From DreamWorks, the movie stars the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parsons. It defeats the heavily-promoted “Get Hard” with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, which brings in $34.6 million for its premiere. “Insurgent” falls to third place with $22 million. Disney’s “Cinderella” moves to fourth with an extra $17.5 million in its third week. Hollywood Reporter

Don Mischer is returning to produce the Emmy Awards for the 13th time. His team for the 67th annual ceremony on September 20 will include producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. His career has also included several Super Bowl halftime shows, Olympics opening ceremonies, and the Academy Awards. Andy Samberg will host this year’s live telecast on Fox. L.A. Times

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Tim Gray wonders if Academy executives should look towards ESPN president John Skipper for the next Oscar producers. He says that the awards are a celebration of film, but the actual Oscarcast is a television event. It would be an “outside-the-box” pick, so even his recommendations for the ceremony would be interesting. Disney owns both ESPN and ABC, so the fit would be a good one. Variety

The Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts continues to build its permanent collection in advance of the new building opening in 2017. This weekend, they spent $344,000 for the lunar space shuttle from Stanley Kubrick‘s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Many top Hollywood players like Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Gale Anne Hurd, and Leonardo DiCaprio have been making major donations so that more artifacts can be bought. Thompson on Hollywood

Tony Award-winning director Gene Saks dies on Saturday at age 93. He was a six time Tony nominee, prevailing twice for “I Love My Life” and “Biloxi Blues.” He frequently worked with Neil Simon, helming the Broadway productions of “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Broadway Bound,” “California Suite,” “Rumors,” “Jake’s Women,” and “The Odd Couple.” He was married to actress Bea Arthur (“Maude,” “The Golden Girls”) from 1950 to 1978. Playbill

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