Don’t pencil in anything for your upcoming night off, Stephen Colbert: Showtime’s got plans for you.
The premium network is in the process of pulling together an Election Day special, emceed by the Late Show host, to air as the votes are tallied.
“I think it’s gonna happen,” David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Thursday. “Stephen wants to do it. I want to do it. The studio wants to do it.”
The concept: “Colbert unfettered,” Nevins continued, adding, “He’s promised he will say a couple of curse words.”
The Late Show doesn’t air on election night (Tuesday, Nov. 8), meaning that Colbert would be free for something extracurricular.
Calling Colbert “the obvious” choice for host, Nevins and Showtime programming chief Gary Levine cited The Late Show‘s episodes during the recent Republican and Democratic conventions as evidence that the special would be a success.
Nevins also cited The Circus, Showtime’s behind-the-scenes news journal about the 2016 presidential campaigns, as having “way more impact” than expected, “particularly in political circles.”
“We want to have stuff that feels like it is culturally relevant,” he added.
Nevins added that he anticipated the special — which will be broadcast from the Late Show studio, though the program’s format may change — running 10-11 pm ET, “however, if the stuff is really happening and it’s going, I have contingencies to keep rolling.” — With reporting by Vlada Gelman