Larry Wilmore on How The Nightly Show Isn't (and Is) Like The Daily Show

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore

One big question loomed as  The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore presented at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena on Saturday: What is the new Comedy Central series?

Allow the show’s host to clear that up for you.

“It’s a hybrid of The Daily Show and Politically Incorrect — those two types of shows,” Wilmore said of his program, which will fill the network’s 11:30 time slot left vacant by The Colbert Report.

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According to Wilmore, The Nightly Show will consist of two main parts. The first will be scripted, while the second will include a panel discussion of daily events. Wilmore will have his own team of contributors, and while there will be celebrity interviews, they may not always be tied to a star’s upcoming book or movie release.

“We’re finding out what all that means as we do the test shows [next week], but we have a real good sense of where we’re starting from,” Wilmore said. “Our show is a cousin” to those that analyze the news, “George Stephanopoulos, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, that kind of thing.”

Given the onslaught of tough news topics in recent weeks — including a tragic shooting at the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo — Wilmore addressed how his writing team will approach such heavy material.

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“Not every topic is a laugh-generating topic,” Wilmore said. “You have to judge what topics you want to put on your show that day, and which will be more ripe for discussion later on.”

After serving as The Daily Show‘s “senior black correspondent” since 2006, Wilmore said he’ll bring to his new gig quite a few lessons learned from Jon Stewart.

“Jon always raises the bar on that show. He pushes you in directions that you’re sometimes uncomfortable with,” Wilmore said. “That’s the way I like to approach things, too. I like to unearth something.”

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore will debut on Monday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 pm.

Will you tune into The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore? Hit the comments with your early thoughts on the series.

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10 Comments
  1. TV Gord says:

    Oh man, this sounds great! Yes to a panel discussion! Exactly what I want that has been missing since Politically Incorrect and Chelsea Lately went away. Larry is going to fit in beautifully between Jon and Chris on Comedy Central! I’m counting the days!

  2. Angela says:

    I too am intrigued by the panel discussion thing. If for no other reason than I’d be very interested to see who all showed up each episode.
    I look forward to this show’s debut. It’s been REALLY weird to flip to something else after “The Daily Show” ends thus far, so it’ll be nice to have that sort of combo thing going on again.

  3. Jooshua says:

    Wasn’t this supposed to be called “The Minority Report”.. that was an awesome name.. “The Nightly Show” is great as well, though.

    • TV Gord says:

      Yes, Larry was om Kimmel this week and said that Fox is working on a possible series based on the movie of the same name, so they started getting a bunch of cease-and-desist letters of lawyers, and they decided to come up with a new name.

  4. cuius says:

    “…while there will be celebrity interviews, they may not always be tied to a star’s upcoming book or movie release…”

    Had hoped that John Oliver’s success had ended the “celebrity” merry-go-round forever

    • Elf says:

      Don’t get your hopes up too high. Every talk show ever has relied on big-name stars to help draw new viewers who might not otherwise watch the show with the hope that they’ll continue watching even when the stars are less stellar.

  5. Tran says:

    The Nightly Show w/ Larry Wilmore is destined to be a breakout hit for Comedy Central.

  6. Julia Murrell says:

    It’s the worst show I’ve ever seen!!!