Friday, May 9, 2014

The Colbert Report Has a Replacement: Larry Wilmore

Image from source, Daily Beast
Not a bad choice, and not a predictable one either. I thought they'd go for Chris Hardwick, who's having quite a bit of success with his show, @Midnight, which airs right after The Colbert Report. But apparently, either Comedy Central didn't want to monkey around with that show, or more likely, Jon Stewart had more to say about who would replace Stephen Colbert than the network.

The Daily Show had a lengthy roster of regulars that could have handled the gig, including Jason Jones, Samantha Bee and Kristen Schaal. But Larry Wilmore, while not as knee-slappingly funny as those choices, is consistently funny, and a bit more substantial. It also makes him one of the only non-white males in late night, though he is still male. I wonder where Chelsea Handler is going to turn up.


Meet Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert’s Replacement and Host of the New Series ‘The Minority Report’

The most recent development in late night’s version of Game of Thrones will see Wilmore, who serves as The Daily Show’s “Senior Black Correspondent,” take over the post-Daily Show 11:30 pm ET time slot now occupied by The Colbert Report. Wilmore’s show will be called The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore and the move, which comes in the wake of Colbert taking over David Letterman’s Late Show on CBS, will go into effect in January 2015. . .

Read more at: The Daily Beast

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