Stephen Colbert for late night?

I haven’t weighed in on this but it’s now time.

Many media reports have speculated about Stephen Colbert moving to late night TV.

Why? Just look at his ratings.

Would this be a good move? I’m skeptical.

I’m a fan of both Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon but don’t watch their TV programs. These shows are so guest focused and (in the vast majority of cases) I don’t care what about anything their guest says.

If the show was made more like the Colbert Report (most of the show focusing on the host and the guest being something of an after thought [and only one guest]) that could work.

Colbert would probably be forced out of his character, yes — he’s in character on the Report, and that could be challenging for him and his writing staff. I do think it’s doable but the staff would have to change a bunch of things and the network would have to be more OK with Stephen being Stephen.

As a major Colbert supporter I am in favor of him with more airtime (maybe an hour and a half, 5 days a week?) but I’m skeptical it will happen and how great it would be if it does.

Honestly, I think Jon Stewart would be a better late night fit and then (hopefully) the Colbert Report gets stretched into an hour (I don’t love the other Daily Show correspondants).


~ by realfactsandbeer on April 22, 2013.

One Response to “Stephen Colbert for late night?”

  1. I agree especially with how is popularity comes from him and his character, not guests. Jon Stewartt does focus on guests more with their part coming earlier in the show and often extending past the break with more online

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