CBS Announces Premiere Date for ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’
Stephen Colbert may not be coming to CBS as soon as we might like, but at least now we have an officially date for when he’ll begin his stint as the successor to David Letterman.
CBS has announced that Colbert’s first live episode as host of The Late Show will air on Tuesday, September 8th.
“He’s got almost all of his creative team from The Colbert Report coming to work with him,” said CBS President Nina Tassler during the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour earlier today. “There will be music on the show [and] he certainly will have guests on the show. Whether he starts with an opening monologue, he’s working on that right now.”
Tassler added that Colbert’s Late Show, as with just about every major late night talk show on network TV, would also have a band, in much the same way David Letterman has Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Fallon has the Roots, and Seth Meyers has Fred Armisen and his band. But no word just yet on just whom that band leader will be. It’s a vital role, if nothing else, considering the band leader is often a de facto sidekick to the host, serving as the subject of various sketches and improv bits. But even with a relatively traditional format, Colbert might not cling too tightly to what came before.
“There will be parts that will be traditional, and there will be things he wants to do differently,” Tassler said.
David Letterman’s final episode of Late Show will be on Wednesday, May 20, although CBS has yet to reveal how it will fill the time between Letterman’s departure and Colbert’s debut. There’s certainly precedent for guest hosts, considering what the network is doing with The Late Late Show to fill time until James Corden’s debut. But I doubt the network would want to risk upstaging Colbert or minimizing his role as successor by having a string of comedians fill-in over the summer. So I’m guessing re-runs it is. Either way, mark September 8th on your calendars and get hyped! Late Show With Stephen Colbert is coming!
H/T: Rolling Stone