What comes after The Colbert Report? On Comedy Central it will be The Minority Report, and the host will be the "senior black correspondent" from The Daily Show -- otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.
Wilmore will host the scripted comedy panel show that will be "a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television," the network said in announcing the pickup. Daily Show host Jon Stewart conceived the idea along with Wilmore, and his Busboy Productions will produce the new show, as it does currently for The Colbert Report.
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore will launch in January 2015, shortly after Colbert's contract at Comedy Central runs out. Colbert will then have a number of months to prepare for the jump to CBS, where he's taking over The Late Show from David Letterman.
According to Variety the selection of the African-American Wilmore breaks up the white-male homogeneity to most of late night TV. Wilmore started as an actor and standup comedian before transitioning to writing and producing.
He won an Emmy for writing the pilot episode of The Bernie Mac Show and was in line to be produce a new comedy that ABC just picked up, Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson. It appears that Wilmore will stay with Black-ish for the time being to get the show up and running before shifting his focus to Minority Report.