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.