Now that Stephen Colbert is finished with “The Colbert Report,” giving the series a glorious send-off before 2014 was over, his attention is now on preparing for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” coming after David Letterman steps down from the show in April. And now we know when Stephen Colbert returns to late night.
Today, CBS announced that “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will premiere on Tuesday, September 8th in the trusty 11:35pm ET time slot, straight from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. So, we’ve got a long time to wait before we get Colbert back (unless “Saturday Night Live” gets him to host like I requested).
The political satirist was announced as Letterman’s replacement way back in April of 2014, though it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. Colbert had a quick quote in the press release saying, “I have nine months to make a show, just like a baby. So first, I should find out how you make a baby.” That almost sounds like something his character from Comedy Central would say.
When Colbert takes over for Letterman, it’s certainly going to feel much different, because he won’t be playing a delightfully dimwitted, right-wing pundit. But his sense of humor and charisma will likely still be the same. But we’re all wondering just what he’ll bring to late night to shake things up, and whether or not he can keep up with the young bucks like Jimmy Fallon.
Personally, I’m excited to see what Colbert can do outside of just political humor, which we occasionally got from “The Colbert Report” despite the dominating theme of the show as a skewer of Fox News. He has his roots in improv and sketch comedy, and I can’t wait to see his interaction with guests without having to be “Stephen Colbert” the character.
As for Letterman, his last show will be on May 20th, with no word as to what will fill the late night time slot until Colbert returns in the fall. Expect there to be plenty of pomp and circumstance as that final show for Letterman gets closer. As for Colbert, Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment says, “The production office is open, the premiere date is set, and we’re incredibly excited to welcome the creative and comedic genius of Stephen Colbert to CBS late night this fall.”
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