TCA: Politics In Late-Night? ‘Late Late Show’ Replacement May Not Be Talk Or Comedy Show

During CBS’ executive session, Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler discussed the network’s plans for late-night where David Letterman will retire from Late Show this coming season, to be succeeded by Stephen Colbert, and Craig Ferguson too will be leaving The Late Late Show. “We’re looking at it through a different lens,” Tassler said about CBS’ ideas for the 12:30 AM slot, currently occupied by Late Late Show. “The knee-jerk reaction is to go for another traditional, behind-the-desk interview show. But we are looking for all types of hosts, there is the political world, not just the comic world.” The Late Late Show replacement may or may not be a talk show, Tassler said. Employing the post-Craig Kilborn strategy of on-air tryouts with revolving hosts is a possibility.

As for the timing of the late-night transition, that still is being worked out, Tassler said. The network is in conversations with Colbert about the format of his Late Show, to which he will not be bringing the persona from his Comedy Central program. “He does want the interview format,” Tassler said, noting that talks are going back and forth whether to have a band on a show or not.

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