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Colbert Replacing Letterman? Smart for CBS, Riskier for Colbert
April 10, 2014  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment
 

 

CBS took only a week to announce David Letterman’s successor – Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Smart move for CBS, but a risky one for Colbert…

Once again, I refer to an article I wrote that was posted on CNN.com Thursday, titled Colbert Is Taking a Big Risk. The risk refers not to any question about his talent or vision – he has plenty of both – but whether, without his Comedy Central platform and faux conservative persona, his young audience will follow him to, and support him on, CBS.

And selfishly, I’ll miss The Colbert Report, one of my favorite TV shows, period. But read the full story for my complete take on the latest tectonic shift in late-night TV…

Or listen to Friday's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where I present a mini-piece on the same topic...
 
 
 
 
 
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Mac
Colbert allowed to spead his wings?Maybe there's life in broadcast TV in 2014.Biggest problem,yes,is the "hot bits"idea that has overtaken the core of what a talk show should be.Colbert already has the opening monologue thingy nailed down.Even without the O'Reilly buffoon persona Stephen can deliver his take on current events with the best,(in 2014-Maher,Stewart).A decent comic actor with ties to Second City and able to improv with the best of them.And his musical guests,if judged by the Report, are way better than the loud and shiny acts of the week that must end each of these shows(though,its tough to beat Fallon's Roots band).
Next thing I would do:sign Amy Sedaris,a long time Colbert cohort,as either sidekick or contributing nutjob.CBS & Stephen:just sign her and pat yourself on the back a few years down the line.Or hire her to follow Colbert if indeed Ferguson packs up so she can deconstruct The View and the Today Show Part 8 as wickedly as Craig rethought the Talk Show.
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