Skip to comments.Amid praise for Stephen Colbert, some ask: What about diversity in late night?
Posted on 04/13/2014 7:28:49 AM PDT by dynachrome
The choice of comedian Stephen Colbert as the replacement for David Letterman ignited a battle of words online Thursday: While little doubt exists that Mr. Colbert is as funny, clever, charming, and goofy as Mr. Letterman, some media voices loudly complained that the decision by CBS now means that network late-night television will largely remain the domain of white male hosts.
When Letterman announced last week that he will step down from the Late Show in 2015, television critics immediately started pooling names of possible replacements: comedians W. Kamau Bell, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Tig Notaro, Amy Poehler, Retta, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Aisha Tyler, among others all of whom are either female or black or both.
Looking at the hilarious women across the rest of the TV dial in sitcoms, Comedy Central shows, and Saturday Night Live the idea that there are no women funny and likable enough to helm a TV show past 11:30 p.m. is increasingly absurd, Esther Breger wrote
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A buffoon playing a buffoon on TV. It was easy for his writers in his current show; there weren’t too many expectations for a buffoon.
It will be interesting to see if he can even break past the normal childishness of his typical current viewer and convincingly satiate the viewer who is accustomed to ole bucktooth....a despicable shell of a man.
That’s what I was thinking. I was kind of hoping Whoopi Goldberg was going to get the gig.
Another good question would be what about comedy in late night shows. That’d be a really good question. Find someone who is funny.
Hasn’t Ellen Degeneres had her own show twice already? She needs a third show now too... really?
Mr Clobert is as funny,clever,charming and goofy as Mr Letterman.
Talk about diminished expectations!
As long as Ellen doesn’t dance. I think Ellen does critters too. Gotta have critters.
Colbert is leftist scum.
someone like Jimmy Kimmel who can be sometimes left leaning, would be more even handed.
I’m opposed to quotas except when it comes to a liberal losing his job. I just ask them to voluntarily check the box that says, “Yes, I am willing to give up my job for a quota hire.”
Rush should get a group of investors to buy one of the networks. Present an alternative across the board. I actually might start watching TV again if that happened.
For cryin’ out loud - it is never enough for these PC clowns.
but only female critters.
What seems to be "funny" to people who need to get up in the morning to go to work, and to people who do not need to get up in the morning to go to work probably differs. (But I'm all for increasing diversity in late night TV -- narrow the demographic even more than it already is!)
How bout some diversity at BET?
That bad, huh?
Ellen is also out of Los Angeles.
IIRC Whoopi had a late night talk show that lasted on episode.
When I think of comedy, I think of Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, George Burns, & Tig Notaro.
What about diversity of political agenda?
Pray America wakes up