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The Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. It first aired in August 1993 with host David Letterman, who previously hosted Late Night with David Letterman on NBC from 1982 to 1993. Letterman's iteration of the program ran until his retirement on May 20, 2015. Comedian Stephen Colbert, best known for his roles on Comedy Central programs The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, assumed hosting duties in September.[1] The show originates from the Ed Sullivan Theater in the Theater District of Manhattan, New York, and airs live to tape in most U.S. markets at 11:35 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 10:35 in the Central and Mountain time zones.

Late Show with David Letterman (1993–2015)Edit

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Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The show debuted on August 30, 1993,[2] and was produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, was Paul Shaffer. The head writer was Matt Roberts and the announcer was originally Bill Wendell, then Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranked second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. In most U.S. markets the show aired from 11:35 p.m. to 12:37 a.m. Eastern and Pacific Time, and recorded Monday through Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The second Thursday episode usually aired on Friday of that week.[3]

In 2002, Late Show with David Letterman was ranked No. 7 on [[TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time|TV GuideTemplate:'s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time]].[4] As host of both Late Night and Late Show for more than 30 years, Letterman surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest running late-night talk show host in 2013.[5] That same year, Late Night and Late Show were ranked at #41 on TV GuideTemplate:'s 60 Best Series of All Time.[6]

In 2014, Letterman announced his retirement and the final episode of Late Show aired on May 20, 2015.[7] After Letterman's final Late Show, instead of airing reruns of the show or having guest host episodes of Late Show, CBS opted to put the show on hiatus in between Letterman and Colbert and instead aired reruns of scripted dramas in the 11:35 pm time slot over the summer with the branding CBS Summer Showcase.[8] The show was then succeeded by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, hosted by Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015.[9]

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015–present)Edit

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015. Produced by Spartina Productions and CBS Television Studios, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is the second iteration of CBS's Late Show franchise. Stay Human, led by bandleader Jon Batiste, serves as the program's house band, and the announcer is program writer Jen Spyra.

The program is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and airs live to tape in most U.S. markets at 11:35 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, and 10:35 in the Central.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Stephen Colbert Named New 'Late Show' Host". Deadline.com. Penske Media Corporation. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  2. "'Late Night with David Letterman' / 'Late Show with David Letterman'". Museum of Broadcast Communications. 
  3. Keller, Joel (April 3, 2006). "When the hell does Letterman tape his shows?". TV Squad. Archived from the original on April 5, 2006. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  4. "TV Guide Names Top 50 Shows". CBS News. February 11, 2009. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  5. Bibel, Sara (October 4, 2013). "David Letterman Extends Agreement to Host 'Late Show With David Letterman' Through 2015". TVbythenumbers. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  6. Fretts, Bruce (December 23, 2013). "TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time". TVGuide.com. 
  7. Carter, Bill (December 10, 2014). "David Letterman to Leave the 'Late Show' in May". The New York Times. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  8. "Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers Beat the ABC and CBS Time-Slot Competition in All Key Measures for the Week of May 25–29". zap2it. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. "'Late Show with Stephen Colbert' Premieres on Tuesday September 8th". Splitsider. January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 

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