Exclusive: CBS is shaking up the late-night landscape by bringing back an old Comedy Central format to replace it The Late Late Show with James Cordenthe end The Late Late Show After nearly three decades in the franchise, we learned.
No one will comment but we hear its reboot @midnight, A series that ran for 600 episodes between 2013 and 2017 on Comedy Central, is currently picked up for the 12:30am time slot. The Late Late Show.
It comes as Corden is phasing out his late-night desk later this spring, as reported by Deadline last year.
We hear that a new avatar of Stephen Colbert has been created @Midnight, which comes from the comedy brand Funny or Die, the company behind Comedy Central’s original series. that would give late show host/executive producer of another hour of late night with which he is involved (in addition to producing the Comedy Central series Tooning out the news And A week of hell with Charlemagne tha god.
Chris Hardwick, who hosted the original series, is not expected to be directly involved in the reboot, we’ve heard.
CBS President and CEO George Cheeks is leading the search for a successor late late show, Network brass cast a wide net for formats beyond a traditional talk show that cost less because they aimed to cut costs in the 12:30 a.m. hour from just north of $60M a year. The Late Late Show About $35M a year to replace it.
Many contenders were considered, until the field was whittled down @Midnight was selected.
It marks the latest synergy move between Paramount Global, with CBS rebooting an old late-night format from a cable network on the merged company’s Viacom side. @Midnight Also may appeal to a slightly younger audience, who typically watch via clips online or on social media.
The original Comedy Central show, in its first incarnation, was an Internet-themed panel game show in which three guests competed in a series of improv games. These included Rapid Refresh, where contestants chose an answer based on an Internet meme or headline, Tweet-themed Hashtag Wars, and Live Challenges, where contestants wrote answers during commercial breaks, as well as a plethora of recurring games.
As each round progresses, the third place contestant is eliminated and the final two contestants play the final round FTW (For the Win).
Expect the games to change, but the general format will remain the same.
A blow for the pending 12:30 am change The Late Late Show Brand, which first aired on CBS in January 1995 with Tom Synder, followed by Craig Kilbourne, Craig Ferguson and Corden. @Midnight Arrivals will leave NBC Late Night with Seth Meyers. As the only speaker in the 12:30 am slot, the panel is now facing off on game shows.
NBC, itself, has considered moving out of the 10pm scripted drama slot in the future, which could have a similar impact on both. Late Night with Seth Meyers And The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Step up to stay with Colbert, who is the host late show at 11:30 p.m., returning as an executive producer to the days when David Letterman, who then hosted late show, secured a deal that gave him and his Worldwide Pants production company control over the production of his follow-up show. Contrary to that deal, CBS retains ownership of its late-night block, we hear.