The mystery of who or what would replace The Colbert Report at Comedy Central has officially come to a close. Comedy Central announced yesterday that Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent at The Daily Show, has been chosen to take over the coveted 11:30PM slot. The new series, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, is set to premiere in January 2015.
According to Comedy Central’s press release, The Minority Report will “…provide a platform to underrepresented voices in comedy and media providing comedy, commentary and a cultural point of view on the news of the day.” Hopefully, this new addition to the late night scene will keep the Internet and its trolling hordes at bay. Wilmore should be familiar to The Daily Show loyal, but you might also recognize him from his Showtime special Race, Religion, and Sex, or that time he gave Michael Scott some diversity training on the U.S. version of The Office.
This news gives us a bit of a clearer picture of what the new late night television landscape will look like in 2015. Though we know Stephen Colbert is set to take over for David Letterman at The Late Show, Letterman has been vague about when exactly that would occur. The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, on the other hand, has a pretty obvious start date (the beginning of 2015) that gives us a better idea of when The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will debut.
Now that Comedy Central has made their move, it’s time for CBS to choose a replacement for Craig Ferguson at The Late Late Show — and the pressure is on. So far, the #latelatenormnorm movement for Norm MacDonald to replace Ferguson seems to still be going strong.
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