Posted by Bunky Bunk at Thursday, April 10, 2014 0 CommentsLate Night
It looks like the #cancelcolbert advocates and the lamestream media got their way: The Colbert Report will no longer be on the air in 2015, "Stephen Colbert" will cease to exist in December.
And a few weeks after that, Stephen Colbert will be hosting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS!
He'll still be on at 11:30 but 5 nights a week for an hour (instead of 4 half hours per week on Comedy Central).
Here's what the CBS fat cats had to say about Colbert stepping in Letterman's shoes : "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television. David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night. Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches. He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night."
And Colbert's reaction : "Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."
Craig Ferguson, whose amazingly funny and weird Late Late Show airs at 12:35 AM on CBS, had never really considered taking the job and replace Letterman (though I think his contract included that he would receive the offer). Craig just wouldn't be able to get away with such a unique, bizarre and fresh tone on a more exposed timeslot, hence CBS poaching the man who played Stephen Colbert for almost 9 years, since October 17, 2005.
I'm a bit worried about the constraints Colbert will have on CBS, against his long-time nemesis Jimmy Fallon. It seems his clever wit, his dry satire and his bigger-than-life caricature are not cut out for the Late Show, hopefully he will stil have enough creative freedom to be irreverant. Anyway, Colbert/Ferguson is the best late night combo ever, hands down, don't you agree?
A replacement for The Colbert Report has yet to be named. Who would you like? Or would you like Chris Hardwick's @midnight to move after The Daily Show perhaps?
The likely broadcast date of the Report Finale could be Thursday, December 18, 2014 when Stephen Colbert and "Stephen Colbert" will undoubtedly go out in a blaze of glory.
Meanwhile, in somewhat related news, John Oliver's Last Week will start airing on HBO on Sunday, April 27 at 11PM after Veep.
Oh, I'm a bit sad, but this means The Colbert Report will go out on top. Watch the show Mondays through Thursdays at 11:30 PM on Comedy Central or on ColbertNation.
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