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  •  I don't think so. (16+ / 0-)

    There will still be an opening monologue, and endless opportunities for sketches and whatever replaces Letterman's Top Ten Lists. He could still do a version of Word of the Day, or Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger.

    Then there is the guest list to consider. Colbert will want O'Reilly on as soon as possible, from one side, and Stewart from the other. I wonder who else is willing to be needled.

    Oh, of course. He will have to have his Report persona as a guest on the new show.

    I wonder who the house band will be, and how often Stephen will sing with them.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 03:52:23 PM PDT

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    •  He's leaving the character behind. (4+ / 0-)

      The idea that he's going to do the monologues in character is pure wishful thinking.

      And sure, he might do Tip/Wag and whatnot. But it won't be nearly as biting if he doesn't Tip evil and Wag good. Same with The Word. It's not going to be the same.

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      by Code Monkey on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:25:54 PM PDT

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      •  I agree, I'm sad that The Colbert Report is going (8+ / 0-)

        to be over. Someone at work who follows entertainment news (unlike me, usually) told me earlier this week that it was strongly being rumored that Stephen Colbert was moving to late night on network TV, and I said there is no way, Colbert would not want to be reined in like that. How wrong I was... sadly. I'm really disappointed that he is leaving to do this. I can't imagine how it will possibly be anywhere near as good as the show they've been doing. I hope I'm wrong! I will watch and see. I know he's an incredibly talented person so I hope he can make this work somehow. But I am going to really miss the Colbert Report and the biting satire of this character.

        •  this was my reaction, too (6+ / 0-)

          Sadness. I mean, good for him and 10 years has been a helluva run, and I understand wanting to move on to other things and it doesn't get much bigger in the entertainment biz to be offered a spot like this, but dammit! I can't imagine CBS letting him be half as critical as on his show, and I'm going to really miss that. But like you said, we'll see. He's a smart enough guy that maybe he'll just be tip-toeing that line most of the time, and that could be a good thing if he reaches a larger audience.

        •  I'll miss The Colbert Report, too. It's such a (4+ / 0-)

          smart show and his writers are amazing. And even in character, Colbert is a really good interviewer, much better than Stewart. I think that's probably one of the reasons CBS wanted him because the late show really hinges on interviewing guests. I just hope he doesn't lose his edge, and I'm betting he won't. Letterman was always edgier than Leno, so the audience is skewed that way already.

        •  As a multi faceted performer... (3+ / 0-)
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          ... it is possible Stephen actually thought himself reined in by having to play "Stephen Colbert" all the time.

          He's a really smart guy and instantly will replace Dave as the toughest interviewer in late night.

          •  You might be right about that. He obviously wants (1+ / 0-)
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            to leave it behind and do something new. I can see how it could become constraining or boring for him, doing the same character all the time.

            I meant reined in from saying what he wants to say and satirizing political bullshit; wasn't thinking about him not actually wanting to do that anymore.

            I just watched the segments on Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell coving the announcement. We don't have tv except online, I don't watch network late night shows in years, we just see the good stuff from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report watching online. So I knew nothing about what the network shows have been doing and only the vaguest idea of who Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel were.

            Rachel talked about how since the beginning with Jonny Carson, The Tonight Show has stayed away from politics, except in rare moments, which gave those moments great power. She showed clips of Carson, Leno, and Letterman "going there" and what a big deal it was. So clearly either Colbert will change a lot, or the show will. Probably some of both. Fallon seems pretty funny and entertaining. I admit I'm tempted to start watching them! Arg.

            O'Donnell focused more on Colbert's range as a performer and how he will be more free in this new venue, able to do much more varied work including singing, dancing and acting various roles, as you say.

            I am coming to terms with the change... it was a shock when I heard it yesterday. The new show will probably be great, and this may even work to get me start watching it. So kudos to CBS and congrats to Stephen Colbert. I still feel sad about losing the Report, but look forward to seeing the new show.

      •  I'm worried about that too, but it's also (0+ / 0-)

        too early for us to assume the worst.

      •  I didn't say that the monologues (1+ / 0-)
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        would be in character. But they will be political.

        He can have his character come on as a guest to do Tip/Wag and whatnot if that is what we need to make it work.

        But he and his writers are hard at it thinking of something even better, so I will wait for it.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:02:32 AM PDT

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        •  The writers of The Colbert Report are going with? (0+ / 0-)

          All of them? Are you sure of this? I have not seen that anywhere, don't assume it's the case. Letterman's show has a team of writers already, yes? Are they all leaving their jobs with Dave?

          I don't know how these things work but that doesn't sound likely to me. Probably there's a lot of wondering where they will find new jobs.

          No, those bits from The Colbert Report are gone for good, except in reruns and online clips. But new material with them, no we will not be seeing that on the new show. Just like he stopped doing "This Week in God" and other great bits from The Daily Show when he moved to the Report. But then he came with new stuff like The Word, which was always brilliant. Things change. Comedy Central probably owns that stuff anyway.

          The Stephen Colbert of the Report is gone, or soon will be. I hope the new show gives him a chance to expand and do even better work in the future.

    •  O'Reilly is not to pleased about Colbert either. (0+ / 0-)

      He's Jon's friend.

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