Breaking news out of late night TV today as it seems that Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report", has been chosen to replace David Letterman as host of CBS' "The Late Show" upon Letterman's departure in 2015.
The choice is an interesting one for CBS as Colbert has found great success on his highly rated, and recent Emmy award winning, show by playing not himself, but rather a conservative character. Speculation is that he would assume the head of "The Late Show" as himself, and not as his GOP alter ego.
CBS' decision (a quickly made one, at that) is probably due mostly to Colbert's ability to attract young male viewers. A demographic they have struggled with in this time slot with the long time Letterman, and one that they are going to try to get back from "The Tonight Show"s recent addition, Jimmy Fallon.
Colbert, however, is nothing to scoff at. Prior to his duties as host of "..Report", he was a successful stand up comic, writer for "Saturday Night Live" & "The Daily Show", as well as a commentator on "The Daily Show". Though time will tell if audiences will accept him on his own personality, and not his late night persona. When asked for comment, Colbert said in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”
The date for Letterman's final bow has yet to be chosen.