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Comedy Central just announced that 'The Daily Show' correspondent Larry Wilmore is going to be taking over Stephen Colbert's 11:30pm EST time slot, in January of 2015. So, 'The Colbert Report' will then become 'The Minority Report', once Stephen Colbert takes over for David Letterman of the 'Late Show'.
Larry Wilmore has been a 'Daily Show' correspondent since 2006. He has been the 'Senior Black Correspondent', the go-to-guy for all things race related, at least with regards to black people, and done a very good job with it on the show. I think this is a really good move on Comedy Central's part, especially since it keeps the one hour dynamic that Jon Stewart and company get, 4 nights a week, to elevate the channel's content beyond some of their other shows that I would rather not watch, ever. Don't get me wrong, I love South Park. But, outside of that, there are several shows on that channel that are worthless to me.
Wilmore can also bring something new to the format of mocking the news, and the goings-on in the world. The show's official format is yet to be released. But, its already been mentioned that Wilmore will focus on stories regarding race (of course, which is a good thing) and a number of other less topical issues that other shows would rather not touch, or that other shows/news networks ignore entirely. Hence the show's new title, 'The Minority Report'.
What do you think of Larry Wilmore? Is he a good choice to replace Stephen Colbert? They moved fast on this decision, as a decision didn't really need to be made for several months now. Apparently Comedy Central and Jon Stewart really like this guy, and feel confident that he will succeed. I say they have a great track record with picking hosts for this format of TV. Just look at John Oliver; he now hosts 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' over on HBO and is doing a bang up job so far.