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April 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Sometime next year, Stephen Colbert will ascend from the world of basic cable into the vaunted heavens of network broadcast when he takes over the CBS late night spot from David Letterman. While he surely has years and years of great TV moments ahead of him, this period of transition is as good a time as any to look back on Colbert's best moments as a parody conservative host in the half-hour following Jon Stewart's "Daily Show. " The best place to begin is Colbert's first and perhaps one of his longest-lasting media contributions: the word "truthiness.
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?
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.
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.
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.
April 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Comedy Central now has a late-night problem. CBS' announcement that Stephen Colbert would take over "The Late Show" next year when David Letterman retires leaves a huge gap in Comedy Central's marquee lineup.  For nearly a decade, "The Colbert Report" has been a trusty follow-up to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and the pair delivered a formidable one-two punch that became one of the main sources of turmoil for rivals in the late-night TV...
April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The question of who will replace David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" has been answered. The new host will be Stephen Colbert. Now the Internet's favorite guessing game has become: Who will replace Stephen Colbert? One of the most interesting aspects of the guessing game is the relatively low profile of the show. While it's unrealistic for anyone to have expected CBS to select anyone other than a huge star to fill their prime late-night spot, the half-hour following "The Daily Show" on basic cable's Comedy Central is a little more open to an offbeat choice.
April 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
This is not the time for CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves or Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler to go on a diet. That's because New York City and Los Angeles are going to be wooing them to be the home of Stephen Colbert's new late-night show, and that will probably mean a lot expensive meals at five-star restaurants. When CBS said Thursday that Colbert was taking over for David Letterman as host of "The Late Show" next year, it didn't mention where the show will be based. While Colbert's current Comedy Central show is produced in New York and he was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in South Carolina, the network is said to be willing to listen to pitches and be wooed.
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.
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