Stephen Colbert to Broadcast Live During July's Political Conventions

In a move to maximize its timely commentary on the sure-to-be-noisy happenings at the upcoming Republican and Democratic national conventions, CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will broadcast live those two weeks, at 11:35 pm ET.

The Late Show will air live Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21 (during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland), and then return with another run of live shows Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28 (during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia).

The late-night talker usually tapes each night’s show at 5:30/4:30c, putting it (like rivals) at a disadvantage in covering late-breaking news (such as Monday’s Senate vote on gun control, which Colbert wasn’t able to address until Tuesday night).

Colbert won’t broadcast from Cleveland or Philadelphia, instead staying put at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, but The Late Show will have an on-site presence at both conventions.

Previously, HBO announced that Real Time With Bill Maher will air live specials from Los Angeles to cover the Republican convention (on July 20 and 21) and Democratic convention (July 27 and 28).