Colbert’s Showtime Election Special Gets CBS Encore

By November 3, 2016
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Are you a Stephen Colbert fan who’s sad you can’t watch his live election special next Tuesday, because you don’t want to pay for Showtime?

Well, as long as you don’t mind watching it all after the fact, CBS is going to give you a chance to see the uncensored Colbert … well, censored for television. We guess we’re saying, expect a lot of bleeps.

The network that airs The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will broadcast an encore edition of the talk show host’s Showtime special on Nov. 11 during the regular time Late Show airs.

CBS and Showtime are under the same corporate ownership, which allowed the premium cable channel to “borrow” Colbert for his Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t. That special will air live on election night Nov. 8 beginning at 11 p.m. ET.

CBS described its encore airing as an “election week miracle.”

“Throughout the special, Stephen will speak to an eclectic group of guests, showcase side-splitting remote segments, and provide witty commentary as he receives the election results.

“So, whether you can’t catch the live special on Showtime … or simply want to relive the comical night, CBS has you covered – and trust us, you don’t want to miss out.”

Pretty much all the late-night shows have taken the unprecedented step this election cycle to actually take sides in the presidential race. In the past, hosts like Jay Leno and David Letterman (and even going back further to Johnny Carson) would jab both sides equally, never making their preference known.

meyersright110316In the race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, however, it’s been much different, with nearly all the hosts almost unashamedly making it clear they don’t support Trump, if not outright support Clinton. Even NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers has provided comical offers to try and convince Trump to drop out of the presidential race.

Pretty much all the late-night shows, at least on the regular broadcast networks, will be pre-empted Tuesday night because of election coverage, freeing Colbert to take on the Showtime role.

The Late Show, which airs week nights after late local news on CBS, continues to finish second behind Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on NBC. However, Colbert has shown some growth during the election season, especially after he started hosting live shows during the political conventions and the later presidential debates.

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