Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on “Late Show”
This is “What’s Making Me Happy This Week,” a weekly feature inspired by the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
What’s Making Me Happy This Week is CBS’s announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show” when Letterman steps down in 2015. This comes less than two months after Seth Myers debut as host of NBC’s Late Night (which I excitedly wrote about here) and Jimmy Fallon took over as the new host of The Tonight Show.Late night television has its ups and downs, but I think we’re about to head into a new glory age.
It’s not just the fact of hiring Colbert that has me excited. CBS is saying all the right things too. “It has usually been our policy that when you hire the right person, you let them be creative and let them do their job,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, in an interview. “We are extremely excited about what he’s going to bring to the time slot.” When asked about the format of the show, Tassler wisely explained that CBS was keeping its options open. “It’s really important he be given the opportunity to develop and create his show,” she said. This attitude bodes well.
Stephen Colbert leaves Comedy Central and the character he created there behind. That’s a little bit sad. But as host of the Late Show he can do so much more.
And That’s What’s Making Me Happy This Week.