In the entertainment industry, big promotions can also come with big disappointment. Stephen Colbert is going to fill big shoes for CBS, but who will fill his time slot at Comedy Central? On a network like Comedy Central and on a show that airs late at night, just about anything could happen. But in this case, there are a few scenarios that are likelier than most.
An Uncertain Future
Before The Colbert Report stuck to the 11:30 time slot, Comedy Central tried several different shows (and hosts) to follow Jon Stewart. Colin Quinn and Adam Carolla both met with failure on the network before execs at last plucked Colbert out of The Daily Show ‘s existing ranks. The time slot has always been hard to fill, and Comedy Central is stuck with it yet again.
Comedienne Chelsea Handler is reportedly leaving the E! network this year, closing the doors on her late night show Chelsea Lately . Could it be a coincidence that Comedy Central is about to have an open time slot ? Taking Colbert’s spot will bump Chelsea a half-hour; Lately airs at 11 pm. But since she’d be following Jon Stewart and Comedy Central’s banner show, she probably wouldn’t mind.
A Stable of Talent
But since Comedy Central already has an impressive roster on their payroll, execs may choose to repeat history by pulling a new host out of The Daily Show lineup. John Oliver already has a gig with HBO, but there’s still plenty of talent left in the stable. Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and Al Madrigal leap to mind as possibilities.
Even without pulling from The Daily Show , Comedy Central has plenty of talent waiting in the wings. Nick Kroll, Daniel Tosh, Amy Schumer and several other comics already have successful shows with the network. Any of them could be bumped to late night, but it’s unlikely that CC will want to rock their boat any more. Using an existing Comedy Central star would only give the network more gaps to fill.
Expect the Unexpected
It’s hard to predict what Comedy Central will do to fill the upcoming Stephen Colbert gap. The network has taken risks before (no one really thought South Park would work) and it’s always liked being edgy. Chances are that several different shows will appear in the gap before one finally sticks. Before it’s over, Comedy Central may try everything to get a new show to work. They’ve done that before, too.