News Briefs: Comedy Central Has Named Stephen Colbert's Replacement, And It's...

By Kaitlin Thomas

May 10, 2014


WHO'S WINNING TELEVISION NOW?

... Comedy Central has wasted very little time in replacing Stephen Colbert in its late-night lineup! Colbert's weeknight series The Colbert Report will end in December as Colbert prepares to take over for David Letterman as host of CBS's Late Show, but Comedy Central's post-Daily Show 11:30pm time slot won't be vacant for long. Beginning in January, The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore will host The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore in that time period. Wilmore has been The Daily Show's "Senior Black Correspondent" since 2006. [THR]


BUSINESS TIMES

... Bravo has three new scripted series in development. Rules of Attraction is an adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis book of the same name, Shanghai is an ensemble drama about a group of ex-patriots now living in China, and Sweet Life follows a family living in the Inkwell area of Martha's Vineyard, which is a vacation destination for rich African-Americans. [Bravo via press release]

... Netflix has officially raised its prices for new customers. If you haven't already subscribed, please raise your hand because you're basically the equivalent of a unicorn at this point! And then please note that you'll need to fork over $8.99/month (as opposed to the previous rate of $7.99/month) if you want to sign up now and surrender your Saturdays to marathons of obscure German cartoons. Current subscribers won't see a change for at least two years, the online-streaming service says. [The Wrap]

... Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele have discussed bringing Funny Girl back to Broadway in a real way, and not just on Glee. Who do I need to contact to make sure this never happens because R.Murph ruins almost everything he touches? [EW]

... Good news, America! We've finally developed an unstoppable super soldier who won't back down no matter how hard you kick him in the face. In related news: Ryan Seacrest has signed a new two-year deal to return to the recently renewed American Idol as host. [THR]

... Adult Swim has ordered a half-hour series starring Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel's puppet alter ego Triumph the Insult Comic Dog; the pair will play the former stars of a Lassie-like series from the '80s and '90s. The network also has a couple new pilots in the works: The first is Dream Corp. LLC, from John Krasinksi and Daniel Stessen (The Gold Sparrow). It's about an experimental facility that "creates a virtual reality for patients to confront issues in their waking life by simulating their dreams." And the second is called Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter, which seems pretty self-explanatory to me. [THR]

... Starz has released a trailer for Power, its upcoming drama from 50 Cent about a successful club owner (Omari Hardwick) who'd like to go legit instead of being a drug kingpin. It looks exactly how you'd expect it to look.


... SundanceTV is bringing New York Mag's The Approval Matrix to TV in July. Hosted by comedian Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s Show), the series will feature a panel of familiar faces (celebrities) and random people you wouldn't know from the homeless dude on the corner (critics) as they debate lots of entertainment news items and stuff. If this sounds familiar, it's because it already aired as a game show pilot on Bravo in 2011. [SundanceTV via press release]



CASTING NEWS

... Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel on Supernatural, will return to the show as a series regular in Season 10. His future storylines include developing cataracts, fighting over where to put the lawn flamingos, and sneaking Sam cookies when Dean's not looking. [TV Guide]


OTHER RECENT STORIES YOU MAY'VE MISSED ON TV.COM

... NBC has ordered three new comedies, including one from Ellen DeGeneres starring Elisha Cuthbert as a lesbian, one where Krysten Ritter plays an astronaut, and one where Kate Walsh is the titular Bad Judge

... Coming soon to CBS are lots of new shows, including an NCIS spin-off, a CSI spin-off, a Kevin Williamson stalker drama, and Matthew Perry's Odd Couple remake. 

... ABC has ordered Marvel's Agent Carter series along with Shonda Rhimes' newest drama and several other new shows, but has canceled Trophy Wife, Suburgatory, MixologySuper Fun Night, and The Neighbors.

... In the darkest timeline, Community, Revolution, Believe, and more have been canceled by NBC. 

... ABC has renewed a good chunk of its programming slate, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The GoldbergsScandalRevengeThe MiddleOnce Upon A Time, and eight more series.

... Some very big stuff happened on The Big Bang Theory on Thursday.

... NBC's Rosemary's Baby miniseries premieres on Sunday and Cory previewed it and it feels like the longest pregnancy ever.

... Elementary's penultimate episode of the season teased some possibly big changes for Joan.

... Catherine and Mary almost became besties on Reign on Thursday.


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  • JT_Kirk May 10, 2014

    Oh yeah! Larry Wilmore is hilarious and brilliant, what a choice. Hope it works out, I'll watch.

    Adult Swim's entries run the gamut of facial expressions from me.

  • noelveiga May 10, 2014

    Wilmore is funny but, more importantly, he's sharp. Clever, with a vision and the right balance of militant anger and common sense. I actually see this thing working faster than Colbert, who frankly had a rough first season. I, for one, am more than pleased with the ongoing invasion of television by the Daily Show crew. Go forth, politically charged but moderate and approachable humour, educate and entertain away.

  • QuestionMarq May 10, 2014

    Adult Swim you are my only saving grace from the disaster that is NBC.

  • Ohjohnnybobby May 10, 2014

    "Who do I need to contact to make sure this never happens because R.Murph ruins almost everything he touches?"

    really? ...really? I hope you're joking..

  • Marburg66 May 10, 2014

    Before Colbert started his show, I remember thinking it probably wouldn't fly in the long term.

    Boy, was I wrong or what?

    Wisdom being what it is & all...even though my instinctual response about Wilmore sounds a whole lot like "MEH!" the more I think about it, the more I remember that I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about when I don't really think about what it is I'm talking about.

    After a little bit of thought though, I can see a whole shitload of good potential here :)

  • vampman87 May 10, 2014

    Meh, Wilmore wasn't really a standout correspondent. He was mildly amusing at best. In my opinion the standouts were John Oliver (who did AMAZING during his run as temporary host. Sadly he's on HBO now) and the sassy female correspondent Jessica Williams. (She's equally hilarious, especially her "Wall Street" gag where she said it's the most crime ridden street on New York but no one does anything about it.)

  • vicbjones May 10, 2014

    More significant than his appearances on The Daily Show though, if I recall correctly, is that Larry Wilmore was a writer on Murphy Brown ("so topical," as Lois Griffin might say) and producer/co-creator of The Bernie Mac Show ("It's called punishment, not funishment."), so I'm willing to give The Minority Report a shot. My first choice for a Colbert Report replacement would have been a revival of Tough Crowd, but at least Comedy Central isn't going to follow up The Daily Show with reruns of Tosh.0 or South Park (at least for now).

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  • Acrobit May 10, 2014

    Wilmore, huh? Maybe. He certainly won't bring the same energy, but he's pretty good. I would've preferred Mandvi, but this might work out. First week'll be critical.

  • jerky_666 May 10, 2014

    *raises hand*

    One unicorn, reporting for duty.

  • AndreaMcCooey May 10, 2014

    No. 3 is here!
    Irish Netflix is shite anyways, I aint missing much.

  • SinspaW May 10, 2014

    Ahem... You dont have to be stuck in the Irish version. There are ways.

  • AndreaMcCooey May 10, 2014

    I know, but I prefer my free "ways".... if you know what i mean

  • jerky_666 May 10, 2014

    Yeah, but it's shit in the US too.

  • MirelaPilipo May 10, 2014

    Lol, yeah same with the Aussie one.

  • MirelaPilipo May 10, 2014

    Unicorn #2: Here, here!

  • safibwana May 10, 2014

    Wilmore's a good choice.

    Am I a hipster unicorn then? I canceled my Netflix years ago.

  • katikool May 10, 2014

    Yusss!!! I was all 'Ugh, do those idiots really think they can replace Colbert?' and then I scrolled down and saw Larry Wilmore and my face went :DDDDDDD

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