Posted by: ckckred | April 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert to Take David Letterman’s Place

Stephen Colbert

The rumors are true: Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will take David Letterman’s place on The Late Show, who will come to CBS sometime during 2015 after Letterman departs television and Colbert’s previous contract expires.

As an enormous fan of The Colbert Report, I’m a bit taken back.  For almost ten years Stephen Colbert has done an excellent job skewering political figures in his faux-Bill O’Reilly/Sean Hannity character.  That political edge as well as Colbert’s eponymous character unfortunately isn’t going to move to the broader and more general appeal of CBS, which can’t grant the comedian the same freedom.  I’d love for Colbert to stay on Comedy Central and continue to satirize the messy state of politics (think of what he’ll do during the 2016 Presidential Election).  Still, I have no doubt Colbert will do well on CBS.  He’s proven multiple times before that he’s excellent at providing clever and witty commentary on society and pop-culture and he isn’t likely to try to be generic.  Whatever happens, I wish Colbert the best of luck.

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  1. Huh, that just seems like an odd choice. I tend to not think of Colbert and Stewart as being quite in the same vein as the likes of Letterman, Conan, etc. in terms of being a talk show host. I wonder if he’ll continue to be the same type of political satire show over there, or if he’ll change it up to more of the variety comedy stuff that we’re more accustomed to from the other guys…

    • The style of Stewart and Colbert is different from the network style of late-night shows. The show’s likely going to not be very politically oriented but Colbert has proven to do great and pointed satire on Hollywood so I’m sure he’ll do a great job.

  2. I’m curious how this is going to play out. Hopefully some of his stuff from The Colbert Report will make its way into The Late Show.

    • Even though he’s not bringing over his character, I hope Colbert’s new show has many of the same traits as well, which is likely to happen since he’s bringing over his writing staff.

  3. I’m just glad they didn’t try to move up Ferguson. He’s perfect in his own spot, doing what it is that he does.

  4. I can’t stand Letterman so this is good news indeed. Colbert is a thousand times more fun to watch.

    • I’ve never been a big fan of the network style late night shows since boiled down most of them are pretty much the same. Colbert will breathe new air into the format.


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