It has only been a week since David Letterman announced his retirement, but CBS has already officially announced his successor, ending all the fun of the speculation game. Lame, CBS. Not so lame, however, is their selection of Stephen Colbert, who has been the frontrunner since the beginning — which was last week, so for a week.
Colbert’s contract with Comedy Central goes through the end of 2014, so he will take over Late Show at some unspecified date in 2015. I am guessing that he will host the show as himself, rather than as “Stephen Colbert,” the right wing narcissist he plays on The Colbert Report, but confirmation of that, as well as information about who will produce the show and where it will be filmed, has yet to be announced.
Colbert will probably be great on the show, and hopefully he will draw the younger audience that CBS is hoping for, but some people are going to be disappointed that CBS didn’t take the opportunity to break up the blitzkrieg of white male late night hosts stretching across network and cable TV. It would have been nice to see CBS make a less conventional choice, but I’m mostly disappointed that this means “Stephen Colbert” won’t be feeling the truth at me anymore.