Comedy Central didn’t waste any time announcing the takeover of the “Daily Show” correspondent in the time slot Colbert has held since his show, “The Colbert Report,” first aired in 2005.
Beginning in 2015, things will change, the network announced Friday night.
“The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” created and produced by “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, will debut next January after “The Colbert Report” wraps up for good this year, airing at 11:30 p.m. Colbert, of course, is heading over to CBS to take over “The Late Show” from David Letterman in 2015.
No new face to fans, 52-year-old Wilmore has been on the late-night show since 2006 and is currently “Senior Black Correspondent.” Wilmore, a veteran comedy writer, also co-created “The PJs” (the animated show with Eddie Murphy) and the Emmy-winning “Bernie Mac Show.” Fans of “The Office” might also recognize him as the guy who ran the “Diversity Day” seminar; he also served as a consulting producer on the NBC comedy series.
In a statement, Stewart, who will serve as executive producer with Wilmore joked, “While Larry Wilmore is a brilliant comic and showrunner, this is all just a complicated ruse to get him to move to New York and turn him into a Knicks fan.”
Wilmore chimed in, “I’m beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart,” he said. “I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Lakers t-shirts when I’m layering.”
There was speculation over the past weeks about whether Comedy Central would diversify the predominantly white, male line-up across the late-night TV spectrum. Apparently, this was not lost on the network whose description of the show states,
“’The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore’ will provide viewers with a distinct point of view and comedic take on the day’s news from a perspective largely missing in the current late night landscape. The series will feature a diverse panel of voices currently under-represented in comedy and television.”
Read more at The Washington Post.