Saturday, April 12, 2014

(Daily Matinee Special Edition) - Stephen Colbert: The Next Host of CBS’ “Late Show”

Cover from the 2007 compilation DVD,
The Best of The Colbert Report.
(Comedy Central/Paramount Pictures Corp.)
Good News, Nation! Although At The Matinee is a blog dedicated to classic/contemporary film and television, the writer thought that it would be appropriate to bring up recent developments in the field of late night television.

If you've heard Thursday’s announcement, multi-talented comedian Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as host of CBSThe Late Show in 2015. It should be noted that Letterman (along with CBS) was considering Colbert to be one of the top successors for hosting The Late Show.

Colbert’s big announcement was featured on his old Comedy Central show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Colbert first appeared as a “correspondent” on the program- first with Craig Kilborn when the show started in 1996, and with Stewart from 1999-2005). Colbert also talked about hosting The Late Show on his celebrated Daily Show spin-off series, The Colbert Report.

His contract with Comedy Central will finish at the end of 2014. It’s possible that Colbert will have to give up his hilarious “arch-conservative” character when he jumps over to CBS next year.

In the words of Colbert, this writer gives “a tip of the hat” to Mr. Colbert and especially to one of the greats of late night- David Letterman. Here’s hoping that Colbert’s future CBS late night gig will be an enduring success in 2015!

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