Larry Wilmore of “The Daily Show” to Take Stephen Colbert’s Place on Comedy Central With “The Minority Report”

Larry Wilmore accepts the best talk show award on behalf of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" at the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards. Credit Mark Davis/Getty Images for C.C.T.A.
Larry Wilmore accepts the best talk show award on behalf of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Credit Mark Davis/Getty Images for C.C.T.A.

What comes after “The Colbert Report”?

On Comedy Central it will be “The Minority Report” and the host will be the “senior black correspondent” from “The Daily Show” — otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.

Comedy Central has concluded a deal with Jon Stewart’s production company, Busboy Productions, to create the follow-up show to the Emmy-winning “Colbert Report,” which will be coming to an end in the next year when its star, Stephen Colbert, leaves to succeed David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show.”

The idea for “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore,” as the show will be known, came from Mr. Stewart himself, who proposed that the 11:30 p.m. time period behind his nightly “Daily Show” was the ideal place for a new format, one that would “provide an opportunity for the underrepresented voices out there,” as Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central said in an interview.

The idea is to have a panel of those voices led by Mr. Wilmore, commenting on the issues of the day — but in a comedic, scripted format, Ms. Ganeless said. “We are so excited to have a fresh idea for late night.” She emphasized that the panel would not simply address minority issues, but any and all issues, except from minority points of view.

The show will work out the specifics of the format over the next eight months, Ms. Ganeless said.

Mr. Colbert will work on “The Colbert Report” until Dec. 17. “The Minority Report” will be introduced in January.

Mr. Wilmore, a well-regarded comedy performer and writer, has been a regular presence on Mr. Stewart’s “Daily Show” since 2006, usually commenting satirically on issues dealing with racial attitudes in America.

He has also been a successful writer for television, having created the widely praised series “The Bernie Mac Show” and written for other shows, like “The Office” (where he also memorably played “Mr. Brown” in one of that comedy’s signature episodes), “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.”

As an actor he has appeared in movies like “Dinner for Schmucks” and TV shows including “Love Bites” and “Happy Endings.” He is also the author of the 2009 book, “I’d Rather We Got Casinos And Other Black Thoughts.”

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SOURCE: The New York Times
Bill Carter

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