The news today that CBS is shaking things up behind the cameras at its “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” as we reported earlier, has generated plenty of buzz among industry insiders. Among those breaking down the situation, Variety Senior TV Editor Brian Steinberg writes that, not surprisingly, part of the problem is Colbert himself.
“Stephen Colbert’s name is on the title of his program, so it’s no surprise he has a lot to do with every aspect of CBS’s ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,'” Steinberg writes. “At times, however, his involvement in the show’s minutiae has become a problem — one that the host himself has lampooned on the air.”
Steinberg adds: “When the late-night program started last September, Colbert was not only the showrunner, he even did the voice-overs during the show intro.” But now, Steinberg says, CBS has decided Colbert needs help — especially given the ratings gap between Colbert and his NBC rival, Jimmy Fallon.
“CBS is betting on an unorthodox maneuver: taking the executive, Chris Licht, who gave the network a boost in TV’s competitive morning-news arena and setting him out to help steady Colbert’s late-night ship as showrunner,” Steinberg reports.
We encourage readers to click on the link to Variety near the top of this story to read Steinberg’s full analysis.