The Viacom-owned network confirmed details published previously by CNNMoney.com. Wilmore is said to have discussed details of the pickup during a taping of his program on Monday evening.
The move keeps Wilmore, who has stood apart from the wee-hours pack by delving into edgy humor about race, gender and culture, on Comedy Central through the 2016 election for U.S. President.
Wilmore and his team, which includes executive producer Rory Albanese, head writer Robin Thede, and contributor Mike Yard, have taken an experimental approach to late-night comedy, showing a willingness to rip up the show’s playbook and try new things. The program provides a sometimes gritty alternative to the broadcast-network options around midnight by having the host explore everything from the sex scandal surrounding Bill Cosby to gang activity in Baltimore.
“Nightly Show” will get a new lead-in on Monday, September 28, when Trevor Noah takes over as host of “The Daily Show,” which has been on hiatus since Jon Stewart stepped down in August. Comedy Central’s third late-night offering, “@midnight,” has been airing in the 11 p.m. slot normally accorded “The Daily Show” and will do so for a period of a few weeks.