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As I sat down Tuesday night (Sept. 8), I thought a review of Stephen Colbert’s debut as host of “The Late Show” on CBS would be appropriate for this blog.
But I don’t think a review is possible. It was just one show. Colbert needs time to settle in as host before we get a good idea of how he is doing.
However, I believe he has the potential to be a great addition to the late night TV lineup and I wouldn’t be surprised if he became its ratings leader.
HIs debut on Tuesday showed what he is capble of in his new home. There were great comedic bits that included CBS CEO Les Moonves controlling a machine that could turn off “The Late Show” and go to a rerun of “The Mentalist” (which CBS showed in the 10:30 p.m. CDT timeslot after David Letterman retired and before Colbert got started) if Moonves didn’t like what he heard.
There was also a segment where Colbert equated making fun on presidential candidate Donald Trump and not being able to eat just one Oreo.
Colbert conducted interesting and funny interviews with George Clooney and presidential candidate Governor Jeb Bush and the show’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, provided much energy to the program
The show ended with Colbert along Batiste and Stay Human jamming and singing with Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy and other singers and musicians their take on Sly and The Family Stone’s “Everyday People.”
I missed “The Colbert Report” after it went off the air and was looking forward to seeing Colbert host “The Late Show” as himself. I’ll be tuning in each night and will do another review in a month or so when he has been in the host’s chair a while. But if Tuesday night is any indication of what to expect, it’s going to be quite the party.