Comedy Central has taken the wraps off updated plans for the show it will plug into the late-night slot vacated by “The Colbert Report.”
Writing in The New York Times, Bill Carter reports that the upcoming show, to star Larry Wilmore, has a new name — “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” — and a premiere date, Jan. 19.
“The Colbert Report” wraps Dec. 18, with host Stephen Colbert presumably taking a break before starting his high-profile gig on CBS as the replacement for David Letterman. Letterman’s retirement date and Colbert’s launch date on CBS’s “Late Show” have yet to be announced.
The new Comedy Central program was originally slated to be called “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” which is reminiscent of the 2002 Steven Spielberg film “Minority Report.” That plan reportedly became complicated after Fox announced it was making a TV pilot based on the film, the story adds.
“The last thing you want is brand confusion,” Wilmore told the publication. The new name, “The Nightly Show,” was the simplest choice, he added.
The show will look at issues from the underdog point of view, and since the show wasn’t intended to focus only on minorities, the name change was probably a good thing, Wilmore noted.
“It was never intended to be a show only about minorities,” Wilmore said. “It’s a show about underdogs, and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it’s race, gender, or whatever.”