Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ to Test Summer Friday Format

Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' to Test

Stephen Colbert will test a new way of greeting the weekend.

Producers at CBS’ “Late Show” will this week experiment with the program’s Friday broadcast by running a new opening and monologue,  then using the rest of the hour to call attention to highlights and segments from earlier in the week. A spokeswoman for the program called the maneuver an “experiment” and suggested the show could well go back to running an entirely new broadcast on Friday if circumstances warranted, or if the news of the day was compelling enough to require additional material.

“Late Show” typically tapes two episodes on Thursday afternoons, giving Colbert and his staff a little breathing room on Fridays. The spokeswoman, Lauren Kamm, said the same audience was likely to watch both tapings.

The effort should not come as a surprise to veteran “Late Show” observers. In recent months, Colbert and his team have updated repeats with new segments and fresh material. In April, staffers paired new opening sketches, monologues and some guest interviews with encore presentations of past sit-downs between Colbert and visiting celebrities. In March, the show pre-taped new episodes when repeats had previously been scheduled. And last October, Colbert taped a six-minute segment from home that was added to an old program featuring appearances by Amy Schumer and Michaela Watkins.

“Late Show” will try the concept as it continues to vie for viewers with NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Fallon’s program has continued to win among viewers between 18 and 49, the demographic most coveted by advertisers, while Colbert’s “Late Show” has over the past several months staked out a significant lead among overall audience.



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  1. Darlene Kells says:

    Yup i hate it too!! Steven Colberts friday nights sucks, i will not be tuning in on fridays anymore, im also starting to wonder when u do work as its wednesday & im watching a friday show from july 28! How can u already be doing reruns??

  2. Michael says:

    I would rather have a guest host on Friday – worked for Johnny. Or even feature music from the band on Friday night. In general, wasting Colbert on shilling for celebrity movies is getting tired. I generally turn it off after the monologue or first guest if they are decent and then watch Perry Mason re-runs. And yes, everything doesn’t have to be Trump bashing. Just run for President instead of complaining so much publicly.

  3. Scott says:

    I don’t like this format. If they can’t do an entire new Friday show then just do 4 new shows a week. You will lose ratings but hey, if you can’t work a full 5 days like everyone else….

  4. al says:

    Don’t like the format at all. Rather deceptive. I’d rather see another 45 minutes of a bad new show than “Highlights.” Hell just ,wing it. Send it in. Experiment.

  5. Kelley says:

    Not a fan of this format. Making me tune out on Fridays.

  6. Robert says:

    As a frequent watcher this sucks ass!

  7. Susan Harris says:

    I agree with Leslie’s comment. I’m a devoted fan that watches for fresh material every day. When Reince Priebus got the axe I was looking forward to Stephen talking about it that night. That’s when I realized as I had before it was another Friday night repeat.

  8. Leslie Ihrig says:

    The Late Show will continue to get viewers by offering fresh new material, rather than recycled old material. We watch every day and are frustrated by this new format.

  9. Hans Dullenkopf says:

    Recording the show already on Thursdays, this Friday show “experiment” is nothing but a failure!
    Tonight, July 28.2017, no word or comment about the firing of Reince Priebus or the failed Obama care vote.
    I love Steven Colbert for commenting on all of the daily failures of the present US government and its president.
    But on Fridays it’s not worth to tune in to CBS again. Like the Rolling Stones in 1967: “Who wants yesterday’s papers, who wants….. , nobody in the world!!”.
    I hope that Steven will be able to produce a REAL Friday Late Show soon again.
    Otherwise I recommend to cancel the show on Fridays completely. It’s a betrayal to his/your true fans.

  10. Faye Canoes says:

    It won’t help. He will still be unwatchable as much as his band is unlistenable. Too bad, I really enjoyed Colbert Nation. They should just go back to that. It worked for monologues & interviews, and that type of show does not even need a house band. Use the band money saved for licensing rights from Comedy Central. He needs to do something before Trump leaves office, cuz that bashing is all he’s got now.

  11. Ronda Baldwin says:

    Former Die hard Colbert Nation fan. The late show format stiffled Stepen’s brillance and entertaining delivery on serious topics. Sadly, I stopped watching the late show- I could not bear to see him so constrained and trying to adhere to a preconceived format that worked 30 years ago. Free his talent like comedy central did. Additionally – My entire family has stopped watching all News and Stephen who constantly focus on Trump. For gods sake I am tired of Trump Trump Trump. Give us new original topics Stephen. John Oliver has finally gotten off the Trump train and gone back to his original hilarious show on other topics. Please let Stephen do the same.

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