CBS boss confirms ‘@midnight’ reboot could replace ‘The Late Late Show’

cbs boss confirms ‘@midnight’ reboot could replace ‘the late late show’

UPDATE (13.06.2023): CBS CEO George Cheeks confirmed @midnight reboot during a panel at the Banff World Media Festival on Tuesday, June 13, in Alberta, Canada. He said it was a natural program to air immediately after The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“The 12:30 slot is ripe for reinvention,” he said, per variety. “There’s not a lot of people watching at that time, you really have to think what’s the real cross platform version? What we ended up doing primarily is Funny or Die and Stephen Colbert, so the auspices couldn’t be better. But when we sat down and talked about it, we talked about it @Midnight, and was a kind of irreverent comedy show with stand-up comics and celebrities as guests. To me, it has a very nice Colbert feel.”

Cheeks said the series has yet to be officially announced because the WGA writers’ strike has delayed their search for a head writer and showrunner.

ORIGINAL STORY (2/08/2023):

James Corden is walking away from late night this spring, and his exit could spell the end The Late Late Show in total, bringing the franchise to nearly three decades.

Conformable deadlineCBS follows the old Comedy Central format @midnight replace The Late Late Show in the time slot 12:30 am. Although the network did not comment on the news, deadline reports that Stephen Colbert will executive produce the series, which comes from Funny or Die, the company that created the original Comedy Central series.

Colbert, which already hosts and executive produces The late show, would essentially have another late-night slot under his control on CBS. This comes in addition to executive producing the Comedy Central series Tooning Out the News and Hell for a week with Charlamagne Tha God.

@midnight It originally aired on Comedy Central from 2013 to 2017 and ran for 600 episodes. Talking DeadChris Hardwick hosted the series, although he is not expected to have any direct involvement in the upcoming reboot.

The original version of the show took a break from the usual late-night talk show formula and was instead presented as a panel game show, with three guests competing in Internet-themed improv games. The series won an Emmy in 2015 for Best TV Social Experience.

Speaking of looking for a The Late Late Show replaced last year, CBS chairman and CEO George Cheeks said he was looking at different formats outside of the traditional talk show realm.

“We’re going to spend some time figuring out what the right replacement format is.” Cheekbones said deadline. “And I don’t think we’re just going to put another host in there, I think they’re really looking at the format.”

The Late Late Show with James CordenWeeknights, 12:35 and/11:35c, CBS

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