Late this month, Comedy Central is going to be doing something big following “The Daily Show,” launching their second new late-night series in three years with “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.” Let’s just hope that the show manages to be the same success “@midnight” was when it first launched.
Before we do anything else here, why not take a minute and answer one of the popular questions? What happened to the name? This show was originally going to be called “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” but was changed at some point in the development process as the show moved closer to its premiere. Some have felt like the name was a step down, mostly because the first name was a little more clever, and referenced something from pop culture to boot.
Ironically, it was the very thing that the original title referenced that got Wilmore and company in trouble. As the host mentioned in a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel, it was actually the Fox pilot adaptation of “Minority Report” that ultimately convinced Wilmore to change his mind. He wanted to avoid any potential competition (and potential legal issues), and changing the name was ultimately a great way to make that happen.
We are personally very intrigued to see what Wilmore’s show is like, but we would be lying if we said we were without worry for it. We wonder if he will be zany enough to capture some of Comedy Central’s younger demographic; no doubt his show will be intelligent, but Stephen Colbert had such a loyal audience, that is going to be a tough act to follow.
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