The CBS Television Network announced today that Late Show with Stephen Colbert will debut Tuesday, Sept. 8 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Colbert was named David Letterman's successor on April 10, 2014. Here's what CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler had to say in a brief statement.
"The production office is open, the premiere date is set, and we're incredibly excited to welcome the creative and comedic genius of Stephen Colbert to CBS late night this fall."
Stephen Colbert had this to say in his own statement.
"I have nine months to make a show, just like a baby. So first, I should find out how you make a baby."
Colbert is well-known for his late night satirical show, The Colbert Report, which ended on Friday, Dec. 18, 2014. The program earned two Peabody Awards and 29 Emmy Award nominations, including two Emmy wins for Outstanding Variety Series (2013, 2014) and four Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2008, 2010, 2013, 2014). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.
Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, revealed his intention to retire on his April 3, 2014 broadcast. As previously announced, he will host his final broadcast on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Specific creative elements and producers of the Colbert-hosted Late Show will be announced at a later date.