There may be some change when it comes to “The Late Show” next year thanks to Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman, but one thing will not change: The Ed Sullivan Theater will be where the show is filmed.
This news was confirmed on Wednesday through an elaborate CBS statement, one where many politicians did a good job of patting themselves on the back for something that was probably inevitable to begin with. Colbert already works in New York City, his family is there, and his home state of South Carolina isn’t that far away. Why in the world would he have left all that for Los Angeles? The only benefit of being out there would be trying to book more West Coast talent.
In at least the part of the statement relevant to network TV, CBS Head-of-Everything Les Moonves had the following to say:
“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s LATE SHOW from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home. David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation. When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater. I would also like to applaud Gov. Cuomo for all that he has done to keep New York a vibrant and attractive location for all forms of television production. We’re excited to be here in late night for many years to come.”
The only thing that is notable here to us about this news is that Colbert will be making a transition from a studio to a theater. This is a different sort of venue than anything else in late-night (at least other than “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”), and that is also part of what makes it special.
We’re excited to see how this show does next year, especially since Stephen will not be playing his twisted version of himself anymore.
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