Comedian Stephen Colbert left a void at Comedy Central when he was announced as David Letterman's replacement for CBS's "Late Night," but the network has quickly found a replacement. According to E! News on Friday, comedian and Emmy award-winning writer Larry Wilmore will take over the time slot left empty by Colbert with a brand new series, "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore."
Wilmore will be the host of the new series created by Jon Stewart, which is described as "a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television." Stewart will co-executive produce the series alongside Wilmore. The two already have both experience and chemistry working together as Wilmore joined Stewart's "The Daily Show with Jon Steward" in 2006.
Already, the jokes have started flying between the two. In expressing his excitement about the opportunity to host the new series, Wilmore joked about his love for the Los Angeles Lakers and working on the opposite coast. He said in a statement on Friday, "I'm beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart. I love the city of New York and promise to only wear my Laker t-shirts when I'm layering."
Stewart, a New York Knicks fan, followed by jokingly saying, "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." As both teams are currently struggling and out of the playoffs, neither Stewart or Wilmore will be proudly wearing the t-shirts of their supported teams, but both are enthusiastically proud to be on the same team in creating "The Minority Report."
Larry Wilmore's show will launch in January and will take over the 11:30 p.m. slot. The comedian joins a growing list of black leads in primetime broadcast scripted series, but his success in television behind the scenes as well as his presence on screen makes him more than an adequate replacement for Colbert. The "Senior Black Correspondent" is ready to soar in his new role.