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April 11, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Like many Americans last week, I greeted the news of David Letterman's retirement in 2015 with regretful acceptance. I love him with a love deep and true, but the man is pushing 70, and at least we could look forward to another year of his fine, cantankerous self. But now I cannot wait for him to go. From the moment it was announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert would be taking over "Late Show," I was ready to box up Letterman's stuff and move it myself. Because I have to know: Will Colbert change the nature of late night or will the bravest comedian on television just sell out?
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
With Stephen Colbert joining CBS, late-night TV's generational shift is complete - and the real battle for viewers, onscreen and online, can begin. America's most-watched network announced Thursday that it had picked Colbert, the 49-year-old host of Comedy Central's news sendup "The Colbert Report," as the next host of "Late Show. " Details of the show, including a start date and its location, have not been revealed. But CBS and Colbert confirmed that he will do the show as himself - and not in his current character, a bumptious right-wing talk host.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The political jockeying over CBS' "Late Show" intensified in a hurry Thursday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the network to leave the show in New York. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made the first pitch a mere hours after David Letterman announced that he would be leaving the show next year. Calling Los Angeles "the entertainment capital of the world" -- a boast that still has the ring of truth, if only because all of the major movie studios still have their main offices in and around the city -- Garcetti urged CBS chief Les Moonves to move the show here from New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Comedian Stephen Colbert will be the next host of "The Late Show. " CBS said Thursday that the "Colbert Report" star will take over hosting duties for the long-running late-night talk franchise when David Letterman retires in 2015. Colbert and the network have reached a five-year agreement, the broadcaster said.   BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara Letterman, who has hosted the show for 21 years, last week announced his retirement on the program.  CBS did not give any details on the creative direction of the show once Colbert takes over, nor did it say where the series will be produced.  "Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television," CBS Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
And so it came to pass that Stephen Colbert was announced as the next host of "The Late Show" (as of "sometime" in 2015 to be formerly "with David Letterman") and what was already thought a likelihood became a certainty. It seems in every way a sensible move. Colbert, who has been performing monologues and conducting interviews on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" since 2005, is not even changing time slots. CBS gets a proven performer and notably one whose cultural impact is, compared to the competition, out of proportion to the size of his audience; the "Report" averages just over a million viewers, less than half of Letterman's crowd and something like a fifth of what Jimmy Fallon brings to "The Tonight Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Will the "Late Show" under Stephen Colbert move to Los Angeles? Don't count on it. After "Late Show" host David Letterman announced he was stepping down last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti personally appealed to CBS Chief Les Moonves, saying in a letter that he was "excited for the opportunity to encourage you to bring CBS' next late night show to our city. " Garcetti and his newly appointed film czar, Ken Ziffren, reinforced that message in a phone call with Moonves this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Following the news that he would be taking over "The Late Show" from David Letterman, Stephen Colbert took a moment on his show Thursday to pay tribute to his predecessor. He also addressed, albeit indirectly, his own promotion to one of the most coveted spots in late-night TV.  After an especially hearty opening round of applause, Colbert began, "There was some big news last week that slipped through my news crack. It concerns someone I've admired for years and yet surprisingly is not me. " It was, of course, Letterman.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The guessing game over who would replace David Letterman on CBS' "Late Night" lasted exactly one week. On Thursday, the network confirmed that Stephen Colbert would be the new host to replace Letterman when he steps down in 2015. In a statement, Colbert said: "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. " Robbed of the opportunity to continue to spin out who they thought should fill the spot, comedians, writers and fans fell over themselves to share their thoughts on the pick.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Stephen Colbert's "Colbert Report" has never been the most comfortable place for Hollywood stars to promote their movies, given the somewhat niche audience and Colbert's own purposefully bombastic, playfully antagonistic persona. But now that Colbert is stepping up to succeed David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show" in 2015 and dropping his conservative blowhard character, audiences could see a different side of him. Time will tell how Colbert gets along with Hollywood's A-list stars in his new role, and how much of his trademark quirk carries over, but it will certainly be an adjustment both for him and the studios that want their stars on the show.
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Steve Zeitchik
With the news that Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as host of “The Late Show,” the inevitable question from moviedom is: What does this mean for us? Studios and personal publicists have long figured out how to handle Letterman, for all his oddities, and big movie stars regularly make appearances there, even if it doesn't always go smashingly. "The Colbert Report" has been a different story. Actors from big releases, that staple of late-night chat shows, don't often turn up on the Colbert series.
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