Stephen Colbert presided over a live edition of The Late Show on CBS this February following Super Bowl 50, and he’s hosted a rare live episode in late-night here and there as well. So why not take advantage of the anticipated political fireworks that’ll go off this July in Cleveland and Philadelphia during the Republican and Democratic parties national conventions?
That’s the plan, announced late Wednesday.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will broadcast live in late-night (11:35 p.m. live for the East Coast, and 10:35 p.m. live for the Central time zone; taped for the Western U.S.) from Monday-Thursday July 18-21, and again July 25-28.
Colbert will host from his usual spot inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC, while he’ll have correspondents reporting live from the conventions.
This puts Colbert ahead of his regular competition in late-night TV.
Bill Maher will produce special live half-hour episodes of Real Time for HBO, while The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will broadcast on tape-delay from the convention cities.