Colbert’s sharp wit and breadth of knowledge (and curiosity), evident on his Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, will be a huge breath of fresh air for the late night spot on CBS. Letterman has been hosting his show since 1993.
The Colbert Report, which follows Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show Monday through Thursday nights follows a “fake news” format, with Colbert taking the role of a slightly dim Conservative chat show host. On the air since 2005, Colbert has skewered pundits and politicos (mostly on the Right), but is also an excellent interviewer, using charm as much as satirical bite to get to the heart of the matter, making the occasional guest squirm in his or her seat.
Colbert will be quite a different stripe for the CBS show, which airs after local late night news programs. Like Letterman, Colbert can put forward a slightly folksy grace, but has to him much more of an edge, whether in monologue or in interview.
Will the format of The Late Show change with the introduction of the more political Colbert, bringing to network late night the edginess of the Colbert Report? Or will Colbert try to fit into the mold of late night network as it has been (albeit in evolution) since before the days of Johnny Carson? Will the Colbert retain his brand of topical humor, or tamp it down now that he’s “graduated” from “basic cable?”
And what will become of Colbert’s post Daily Show slot? I know Jon Oliver’s new Sunday night HBO series is set to debut April 27, but surely he has room in his schedule for a Monday-Thursday show…say at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central?
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