Evaluation: Late-Night Musical Chairs!

#1
Stephen Colbert is leaving Comedy Central to replace David Letterman on CBS. Chelsea Handler is leaving E! to go to...who knows where? Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are starting a whole new line-up on NBC late-night.

What is late-night TV going to look like in 2015? What do you think about the changes that are happening in this turbulent couple of years for late-night TV?
 

Fringe Reception

Super Moderator, Chief Content Editor
Staff member
#4
I miss Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno.

I wonder what 'persona' Stephen Colbert will take? Radical political lefty (probably). I think a host (like the three named above) should be somewhat of a moderator, will he be balanced?

I wish Craig Ferguson had been chosen.

Jim
 

Funafuti

DTVUSA Member
#6
I'm certain that Colbert will be excellent at 11:30 on CBS. He has made it clear that he won't be doing the new show in character, he will simply be the talk-show-host version of himself. I don't know if we should expect him to be an innovator the way Letterman was back in the day, but I'm sure he'll be entertaining. He has the chops as a writer, actor, performer, etc., whereas recently other networks have used as their main criterion that the host seems like a nice guy.
 
#7
When you watch the chat segments of The Colbert Report the 'real' Colbert (i.e. the non-satirical version) comes through, and he's always rather charming I think. But without being ingratiating or fawning, like someone whose name rhymes with Schmimmy Schmallon! I think it would have been a huge mistake to replace Letterman with a grovelling yes-man as his spikiness was always what attracted me to his show. But I do think Craig Ferguson should have been picked-he's real alternative comedy!
 
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