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Executive Producer Exits Late-Night Show

Jun 8, 2016  •  Post A Comment

One of the major late-night talk shows has had a lineup change behind the cameras. Deadline.com cites unnamed sources saying that Meredith Bennett is out as one of the executive producers of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

“Bennett oversaw business and production functions on the CBS late-night show; she was part of the team that moved with Colbert from Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report,’ on which she was co-EP,” Deadline reports.

The report adds: “The news follows by less than two months CBS’s announcement that its morning-news hot shot Chris Licht would become showrunner for Colbert’s topical late-night comedy show. Licht assumed most of Bennett’s duties in his capacity as showrunner, according to informed sources. Bennett’s position was eliminated around Memorial Day weekend, explained one.”

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2 Comments

  1. I think that they’re making a big mistake with the changes that have been made with the show. Those cold opens are just plain silly and awkward. I loved the way the show opened from the beginning with Colbert coming out dancing. It put a smile on my face every night. Now I can only frown and cringe with those silly cold opens. I’ve stopped watching regularly. Why mess with something that was working? Colbert just doesn’t seem happy with the changes. I think that he’s lost ownership of the show and thus, his enthusiasm. I’m sorry to see that one of his loyal followers is gone. That must hurt.

  2. The revamp of the show’s first 15 minutes has been a welcome change. The silly dancing opening, predictable formula verbal exchanges and forces inclusion of the musical director seemed contrived. It is good that they are exploring format changes I’m actually watching again.

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