“It’ll be all the political comedy you love from my CBS show, with all the swearing and nudity you love from Showtime,” said Stephen Colbert in a statement announcing a joint venture between the CBS talk show host and the premium cable network, which is also owned by CBS Corporation. “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Shi*t?” will air on Tuesday, November 8, at 11pm Eastern.
Like “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” the live election special will broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City before a studio audience. The one-hour program will feature live and uncensored reactions to the election results as they come in from in-studio guests, in addition to remote segments. It’s the first such partnership between “The Late Show” and Showtime.
Colbert took over “The Late Show” from David Letterman, who retired on May 20, 2015. Before that, Colbert had another talk-show gig, “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, in which he played a satirical version of himself as a right-wing pundit akin to Bill O’Reilly. “The Colbert Report” ran for nine years (2005-2014) and won him six Emmys, including Best Variety Series in 2013 and 2014.
Of course, even on Comedy Central Colbert was restrained by broadcast standards and practices, so Showtime will be brand new terrain for the late-night host. To paraphrase presidential candidate Donald Trump, the shackles are about to be taken off.
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