Stephen Colbert Gets Post-Super Bowl 50 'Late Show' on CBS
CBS has finally revealed what show is getting the coveted
post-Super Bowl slot this year, and it's definitely outside the
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air a special live
episode on Sunday, February 7 following Super Bowl 50 on CBS.
In addition, after The Late Show and the local news, there will be a special episode of James Corden's The Late Late Show airing after the Super Bowl as well to celebrate the British comedian's one-year anniversary in late night.
This move defies the trend of airing a scripted or a reality show after the Super Bowl. The time slot usually goes to shows like The Blacklist, Elementary or Grey's Anatomy, or reality shows like The Voice. The last five times CBS has aired the Super Bowl, the lead-out program has been Elementary, Criminal Minds, Undercover Boss and Survivor (twice).
The last time a network aired something other than a scripted or reality show after the Super Bowl was way back in 1992 when CBS aired special installments of newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours.
The decision to put Colbert after the Super Bowl is a sign that CBS is serious about making him the new king of late-night TV, trying to dethrone Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. Since debuting in September, Colbert has regularly lost to Fallon, but this move might shake things up.
For some people, it could be a relaunch for the show. Many probably tuned into the first episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but then abandoned it because it's always a rough start to find your voice. Now that the former Colbert Report host has had time to figure out who he is outside of the bombastic character he used to play, the post-Super Bowl episode could be seen as a fresh start.
The next question is: What big-time guests will Colbert book for his Super Bowl episode?