‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Officially Has A Premiere Date

The times, they are a-changin’ in the world of American late night TV. The end of 2014 brought with it the final episodes of both The Colbert Report and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and with it a flood of tears from yours truly.

Whilst Ferguson’s next career move is still somewhat up in the air, Colbert’s is well-established. The man known almost universally for his truthiness is stepping into the chair that will be vacated when tenured late night icon David Letterman hosts his last edition of the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, May 20th.
Whilst we’ve known for a while about this particular arm of TV lineup shuffling, what we haven’t known is the exact timeline for the changeover. That is, of course, until now.
Thanks to Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times, we now know that the first episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert will hit the CBS airwaves on Tuesday, September the 8th.

Colbert’s arrival on CBS represents the last hole being filled in the great late night rotation of 2015, following the January 19th premiere of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central – replacing The Colbert Report as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart‘s follow-up – and the debut of Colbert’s eventual late night comrade in The Late Late Show with James Corden, which CBS will start airing on March 23rd.

Whether the new shows catch on remains to be seen – late night comedy talk shows infamously require extended teething periods. But at the very least, it’ll provide for interesting viewing.
Still, it’s going to be phenomenally odd to see Colbert’s name adorn the facade of the Ed Sullivan Theatre.
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