The show unveiled earlier this year also has a new name, switching to “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” from “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.” The premiere date coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The name change was made to avoid potential confusion with a prospective new drama series on Fox based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg feature “The Minority Report,” Comedy Central said.
Wilmore will move into the 11:30 p.m. post-“Daily Show” time slot one month after Stephen Colbert signs off “The Colbert Report” after a nearly 10-year run. “Colbert Report’s” final show is set for Dec. 18.
Wilmore is well known to the “Daily Show” aud after serving as its “senior black correspondent” since 2006. He’s also a seasoned comedy writer and showrunner with a long list of credits including most recently ABC’s “Black-ish.”
“Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart and Rory Albanese are exec producers of “Nightly Show” along with Wilmore. Amy Ozols, a longtime producer for Jimmy Fallon, has signed on as co-exec producer. Actress-writer Robin Thede is head writer.