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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor 193

ralphart (70342) writes "CBS has announced Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on The Late Show, after Letterman retires in 2015. 'Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,' Colbert said in a press release from CBS. 'I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.'"
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

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  • So much for #cancelcolbert and the looney tune behind it.

    • Probably a win for them, actually. I imagine CBS will put more limitations on what Colbert can say than Viacom did.

      Note to those who think Viacom owns CBS - Viacom spun CBS off in 2006.

    • I thought that entire thing was kind of overblown. But I do kind of wonder what would have happened what would have happened if someone had flipped the switch with a conservative comedian making this kind of statement. I honestly think there there would still be people bitching about it.

      Of course... about the only conservative comedian I can think of off the top of my head is Larry the Cable guy. Don't think he has the wit to pull something like that off.

    • #cancelcolbert gets SC off of CC and the show dies...but only because he got promoted to a prime network spot with more visibility and more money.

      Colbert's writers couldn't have scripted this as well as it was performed in real life.

    • Not looney tunes, she's just letting herself be taken in by the comfortable reality distortion bubble her backers create for her ... it's much easier to tell yourself all those people supporting you can't be wrong than to admit the mistake to yourself and others.

      Not very nice, but also not crazy.

  • It's a step down IMO.

    • His bank account will see a significant step up.

      • by bscott ( 460706 ) on Friday April 11, 2014 @02:48AM (#46722631)

        > His bank account will see a significant step up

        Not as much as you might think. He makes more than half what Letterman does now ($8 mil/yr vs Dave's ~$15mil) and it's unlikely CBS will pay him as much as they paid Dave, at least not to begin with.

        Since Dave (and Leno for that matter) took pay cuts a few years back due to declining audiences across the board, Jon Stewart has been the highest-paid talk show host on the air.

    • by linuxguy ( 98493 )

      More money and a wider audience.

  • Genuine? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by multi io ( 640409 ) <> on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:49PM (#46720373)

    "Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career"

    Wait...he really meant that. It's kinda creepy when Colbert makes out-of-character statements. And now there's gonna be a whole show full of those? Ugh...

  • by damn_registrars ( 1103043 ) <> on Thursday April 10, 2014 @07:58PM (#46720447) Homepage Journal
    They said he is dropping the conservative character he portrays on The Colbert Report, but they didn't say if he will stop being the egomaniac part. That could make for good television. He could, after all, still be a liberal egomaniac...

    (and I know, the slashdot chorus will chime in and declare that to be redundant)
  • Strangers With Candy (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ralph Wiggam ( 22354 ) on Thursday April 10, 2014 @08:02PM (#46720501) Homepage

    If you like Stephen Colbert, go watch Strangers With Candy. It was one of the first Comedy Central shows and it's just amazing.

    • Great show, Amy Sedaris (David Sedaris' sister, I've seen him speak/read 4 times now) was awesome.

      I also recommend Upright Citizen's Brigade, specifically the Ass Pennies skit, my self esteem and confidence has never been higher: []

      But Bong Boy was my favorite character in UCB, always showing up when there was human suffering...

    • I loved that show. Those who can't "do" teach, and those who can't teach, teach at Flatpoint High.
  • I remember the first Colbert Report teaser on the Daily Show, and then a few months later it was a real show. And it was awesome.

    Go Stephen! Hate you see you leave the Central, but you need to be exposed to a wider audience.

    There is no doubt he is an entertainer.

  • Meanwhile at CONACO:

    Conan should've fought to jump into bed with Fox when they were mulling the idea over, affiliate issues be damned. It's not like it's a live show, let them air it whenever the fuck their news block ends. Fox is the only network that can actually harness his demo and generate ad revenue (via traditional broadcast ratings or "rich media integration" or whatever they call the internet today).
    He was dead at TBS before he started, just as we was in the earlier ho

  • The only stereotype Suey park fought with #CancelColbert was the one that Asians are smart
    • by Anonymous Coward

      The greater crime is that she also promoted the stereotype that Asians have no sense of humor.

  • Woot!

    The late show will finally be funny.

    Letterman and his backup band are so predictable, so bland, and so American-Cheesy, its unwatchable for the rest of us.

    To be fair, the only truly funny regular joke is in the opening credits where New York is described as the best city in the world.

    • It could still bomb.

      As I understand it, Colbert will have to don on a new persona for the Late Show gig.

    • by treeves ( 963993 )

      It used to be funny. Back when it started and for a while after that. I stopped watching, oh, in the mid nineties?

    • I figured that it was what people wanted, it being 100% predictable. There are no surprises, it's the same stuff over and over again like those stupid top 10 lists.

  • Am I the only one who, as a foreigner, has no idea who David Letterman is ? I've seen plenty of clips of gifs of Colbert on the 'Net though. He certainly is a lot more relevant than whoever Letterman is/was.
    • Yes.

    • by unitron ( 5733 )

      Am I the only one who, as a foreigner, has no idea who David Letterman is ? I've seen plenty of clips of gifs of Colbert on the 'Net though. He certainly is a lot more relevant than whoever Letterman is/was.

      You've no idea who Letterman is, but you're certain that Colbert is more relevant?

      More relevant in what context?

      • by dargaud ( 518470 )
        In the context I described: he's all over the 'net making memes. Letterman isn't. Or I've never noticed.
        • by unitron ( 5733 )

          But since we're talking about one guy taking over another guy's TV show, I'm not sure that "internet relevance" is particularly relevant to this story.

  • I really, really, really hope this somehow kills The Daily Show. Jon Stewart went from comedian to ultra-liberal political activist. When he replaced his entire show with a serious segment about 9/11 Fire Fighters just to make a political action, it was clear he belongs more on some 24 hour news channel than Comedy Central and I think he knows that. He's basically Bill Murray at this point. They should replace him with an hour long show that's ACTUALLY comedy.
  • A lose-lose situation.

    Colbert's fans get deprive of The Colbert Report.

    Colbert loses viewers from going on at a later time and having his humor constrained by the stricter rules of broadcast television.

    It seems like Letterman's ( or Leno's ) job is a place where comedians losing steam go to wait to die.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Kierthos ( 225954 )

      I don't know when it airs where you are, but here, The Colbert Report airs at 11:30 pm, and Late Night with David Letterman normally starts at 11:35 pm.

      I suspect there's going to be some changes in viewership numbers and demographics when Colbert takes over the show, but it's not going to be from going on the air a whole five minutes later.

  • Never really liked the "late night" shows.

A committee takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom. -- Parkinson