Showtime boss David Nevins revealed that Stephen Colbert is in the frame to host a live election night special on Showtime, dropping the news during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday.
“People don’t just want to watch CNN and Fox News. We want them to watch Showtime on election night,” Nevins said during his executive session, pointing out how fun it would be for viewers to watch Colbert announce which candidate won each state, instead of traditional news anchors.
While Nevins classed the news as a “half-announcement” because the deal has not been finalized yet, he noted, “I think it’s gonna happen — Stephen wants to do it, I want to do it, the studio wants to do it.” Colbert has the night off from his full-time role as host of CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on the night of the election — Tuesday, November 8 — Nevins said, which should make the special easier to wrangle with Showtime’s corporate sibling CBS.
“It’ll be Colbert unfettered, he’s promised he’ll say at least a couple curse words,” Nevins joked. “It’s something I’ve been trying to get him to do — he’s not on CBS that night anyway, so I think it’ll be really fun… He’s had a good time being more political.”
Indeed, Colbert has already gone live on “The Late Show” following the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and will do the same after the upcoming Presidential Debates. Colbert has also revived his satirical right-wing character (and his “identical twin cousin”) from “The Colbert Report” on “The Late Show,” to further mock the highly-charged climate of the presidential campaign, in recent weeks.