Sunday, May 26, 2024

Stephen Colbert Will Succeed Letterman, Chelsea Handler in Line for Late Late Show


Stephen Colbert has been announced as the successor to David Letterman. I did tell you one year ago that Letterman would retire and would be replaced by either Colbert or Jon Stewart, each of whom is already signed to CBS via Viacom on Comedy Central. Stewart will now get a nice pay bump for deferring to the Letterman-like Colbert. It remains to be seen if Colbert, who plays a character on his own his show, will do well as himself.

Part 2 of this change will be moving out Craig Ferguson from the Late Late Show the show following Letterman. It does seem as though Chelsea Handler will be first in line for that spot. Would a Handler LLS from Los Angeles, where Handler lives, or New York? That remains to be seen. It would make the first woman to host a late night talk show since Joan Rivers.

And what of the Ed Sullivan Theater? Will the new Colbert show come from that venue? It’s more identified with Letterman than with Sullivan at this point. Also, Letterman’s music side is almost a business unto itself. Paul Shaffer isn’t ready for retirement. And the music production, starting with Sheila Rogers, is legendary. Will CBS chuck all that, even though Colbert has no background in that area?

Wait and see…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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