Slate has a perfect piece: Is anyone else freaked out by The Daily Show' s new studio set?
When the show started last night, I thought I was watching something from the 1998 archives, perhaps Stewart's first show or something. It looks dated and almost claustrophobic. The constantly shifting blue backgrounds are almost as annoying as text crawls on news shows, and yeah, the two-people-at-a-desk thing is really weird for an informal discussion format like The Daily Show.
Bring back the couch.