Larry Wilmore to Replace Stephen Colbert At The Late Night Merry-Go-Round Goes... Round
‘The Minority Report’ with Larry Wilmore’ will replace the gap left by 'The Colbert Report'
“The Minority Report” premieres in January and promises to “offer a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television.” It will be hosted by Larry Wilmore who is taking the departing Stephen Colbert’s Comedy Central timeslot.
Larry Wilmore will be taking over Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central timeslot
“We are thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Jon Stewart and Busboy Productions, and are looking forward to the world getting to know Larry Wilmore even better. He’s a spectacular talent in front of and behind the camera,” said Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central prexy. “
“‘The Minority Report’ with Larry Wilmore’ follows in the Comedy Central tradition – bringing new perspectives to the day’s events and breaking ground in the world of late night television.”
The move seems to address recent criticism that the late night scene lacks diversity. Wilmore will move from his Los Angeles base to New York to tape his new series. "I'm beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart. I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Laker T-shirts when I'm layering," he said.
Stewart called Wilmore - the “senior black correspondent” on “The Daily Show” - "a brilliant comic and showrunner," before joking that "this is all just a complicated ruse to get him to move to New York and turn him into a Knicks fan." Wilmore is expected to fulfil showrunner duties of the new comedy that ABC, “Black-ish,” starring Anthony Anderson, at least until it’s off the ground.