Fans of TV and comedy history may want to check this out.
At a time when cable TV was nonexistent and Saturday Night Live’stalent and ratings simultaneously took a nosedive, David Letterman’s12:30 a.m.talk show transformed comedy forever with its ironic obsessions and enabled a generation of writers to flourish.AND NOW…An Oral History of “Late Night with David Letterman,” 1982-1993 is comprised of dozens of original interviews with those who worked and guested during Letterman’s NBC stint—beginning with an odd precursor in a problematic10 a.m.slot, moving to the launch of the iconic Late Night with then-head writer (and then-girlfriend) Merrill Markoe, and ending with his final days at 30 Rock before heading west for CBS’s Ed Sullivan Theater…seven blocks away.
BREAKING: Stephen Colbert taking over ‘The Late Show’ in 2015
The loss of his “Colbert” character will be painful. It’s been one of the most genius, game-changing comedic performances on modern television and to not have that 4 nights a week anymore will be truly unfortunate.
Additionally it’s a shame CBS didn’t go for a woman or person of color in this spot. More of the same.
But it’s exciting to see what Colbert can do on CBS in a more traditional format. They wouldn’t have hired him if they didn’t think he had the personality skills to carry such a show. It’s going to be different but exciting nonetheless.
Colbert and Fallon going head-to-head will be delightful for their “BFFs for 6 months” rivalry.
Comedy Central has the option to move @midnight up which would be cool (though confusing considering the title), or move another strong Daily Show voice into the 11:30 spot (Jessica Williams, Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac).
Ratings wise I could see them expanding Tosh into a 4-day a week show at 11:30, but it wouldn’t be consistent with the intelligent brand they’ve built from 11-12.