The rumors that Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman as host of the latter’s Late Show late-night talk show on CBS when Letterman retires in 2015 turn out to be true. Clearly CBS is hoping that Colbert will bring along with him the younger demographic that he attracts to compensate for the older viewers such shows have.
Late night talk shows are heavy on the hosts schmoozing with celebrity guests and are not known for the kind of biting satire that Colbert has been doing for the last decade. It will be interesting to see whether Colbert will change to conform to the traditional show or whether he will try to change the show to be more suitable to his kind of humor. CBS is a stodgy network and I am not sure how willing they will be to experiment and risk alienating their aging viewers. It seems unlikely that Colbert will retain his on-air persona of a right-wing blowhard like Bill O’Reilly.
I will be sorry to see Colbert leave his current show but I can see why he might want to make a change. I don’t have cable and don’t watch TV because I hate the commercials. I was able to watch The Colbert Report the next day on the internet with just a brief commercial. I will not be watching his show on CBS, not that the network will care since I am not a member of the desired demographic.