How Much More 'Colbert' Do We Get?

by Rosie Narasaki

Is there anything better than The Colbert Report? I don't think so — and with four shows a week, a girl can get pretty spoiled. That said, it's starting to get to that time of year when everything goes on hiatus — and suddenly, all my favorite shows are dropping like flies (I'm particularly sad about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will have a three-month break. At least we have Agent Carter to keep us company, but still). Unfortunately, this year's winter hiatus for The Colbert Report is an especially terrible one, because it starts on December 18th and will last forever. The Colbert Report has less than 10 episodes left.

Yep, that's right: Colbert will be saying its final farewell in less than two weeks. That's only eight shows — we need to soak up as much Colbert as humanly possible, stat! I mean, sure, we'll see him around on a little thing called The Late Show with Stephen Colbert come 2015, but it's still really (really) sad — after all, he won't be doing the show in character, and I think we're all going to miss Stephen Colbert the Character (even though Stephen Colbert the Person is quite lovely, too). Character or no, let's all collectively pray that he continues to stash such wonders as ewok puppies and giant cheese hats under Stephen's desk (oh, and let's not forget the Starbucks barista or the three identical chickens).

There's still no word on exactly when it will premiere, as current host David Letterman has yet to announce his exact retirement date, but based on the fact that Wikipedia (I'm classy, I know) posits that Letterman will be retiring this May, I think we'll be seeing Colbert when the show returns from summer hiatus by September 2015, if not sooner.

What can hold us over until Colbert takes over Letterman's gig? Well, The Daily Show veteran Larry Willmore will be sliding into The Colbert Report's 11:30 p.m. time slot on Comedy Central, in a new show titled The Nightly Show with Larry Willmore, which will premiere on January 19. There's definitely no replacing Colbert, but if anyone could do it, Willmore is certainly up to the job — and purely by the volition of the fact that it was originally slated to be called The Minority Report with Larry Willmore (and I'm... well, a minority), you can count me in as a fan.

So, that's where the chips fall: Colbert will air its last show on December 18, but The Nightly Show will premiere a month later on January 19, and we've still got Colbert-helmed Late Show to look forward somewhere in the nethersphere of 2015. It's all so bittersweet!