Late-Night Landscape Shift Brings New Opportunities & Challenges

Call it the seven-year itch, but the late night sands are shaking.

James Corden is leaving late late show Next Year After Seven Years on CBS Hotseat, Samantha Bees full frontal was canceled at TBS, the latest group in the new Warner Bros. Discovery empire, and Desus and Mero separated and ended their Showtime series.

John Batiste, Stephen Colbert’s bandleader the late show Going on after seven years and even Jimmy Kimmel is contemplating ending his 20-year run on ABC.

Seth Meyers, who hosts NBC late night, who received her first major Emmy nomination since launching her show in February 2014, tells Deadline that we have reached a new turning point.

“It’s remarkable that when we started about eight and a half years ago, it seemed like there was this huge wave of new shows, and it seemed like the final inflection point. What’s really exciting about that wave Was that you have someone like me, who looks like people who have these shows, but then there was a bunch of people who haven’t had shows like this in the past. It was really fun. Samantha Bee More That’s one of the heartbreaking parts about Desus & Mero coming to a close, as they represented a very new, exciting chapter in Late Night. I’ll just hope it’s not as negative as it sounds, “They said.

Late in the night there have been two strings; Nightly Shows on Broadcast Network – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers And Late Late Show with James Corden – and cables like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Then you have weekly shows on cable, and more recent streaming such as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Real Time with Bill Maher, full frontal with samantha bZieve, The Amber Ruffin Show, pose with Sam J And A week of hell with Charlemagne tha God.

CBS is currently figuring out how to replace Corden, which debuted in 2015. CBS CEO George Cheeks told Deadline, back in May, that the network wanted to experiment at 12:30 and refresh the format, which is designed somewhat eccentrically. Tony winner around the UK. There have been a plethora of names in the ring from established stars, primarily female, YouTubers and more esoteric artists. A late night chief told Deadline, “Everybody wants someone who already has followers but he’s [tough]Like moving people from YouTube to Linear,” the source said.

the network has some time to figure out that Gavin and Stacy The co-producer is expected to leave around April next year.

Deadline considers Corden’s production company Fullwell 73, which he runs with a group of producers including himself late Show EP Ben Winston, who also performs, produces Hulu. kardashian, is one of several companies wishing to produce the new iteration of late late show going forward.

“I’m most curious what it means [for] Which direction is late night headed,” Meyers said on his Timelot rival. “Turnover is very low so it will be interesting to see what the data point is on the axis. The weirdest thing they could have tried to do is try to hire James Corden next.”

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ABC will also keep a close eye on the scenario if Jimmy Kimmel decides to retire, a decision Deadline understands the host hasn’t made yet.

Kimmel made a long summer break into her current contract and her show features a rotating line-up of guest hosts such as RuPaul, Anthony Anderson, Chelsea Handler, David Alan Grier Liu and Kerry Washington. Notably, many of JKL’s guest hosts weren’t straight, white people, as requested by Kimmel, which points to progress if he decides to leave it too soon.

Handler, who had a long-running late-night show on E! Along with a short-lived streaming show on Netflix, the genre is understood to be keen on its return, while it will be interesting to see Desus Nice come out on its own next week.

Dessus’ former late-night partner The Kid Mero believes the landscape is changing in a positive way. “I think people can see what we did, what Sam did [Bee] did, and [realize] It was feasible. If you let these people play to your strengths, don’t belittle it, just go out there, let them do what they do, worry about the rest later. It will work,” he told the SiriusXM podcast Basic!, co-hosted by former MTV and Comedy Central exec Doug Herzog. “It speaks a lot to the fact that it’s a viable product; you can be a black man, a black woman, an Asian man, an Asian woman, a gay man.” [in late-night], It will work and it will turn a blind eye to you, which is what all executives and advertisers want at the end of the day. ,

Herzog, who oversaw The Daily Show with Jon Stewart When he ran Comedy Central, he said that there are too many things at work right now when it comes to late nights. He says linear, ad-supported television is being “appended” and its impact on specific day portions is one issue, while streaming is another. “Ten years ago, certainly 15 years ago, you couldn’t access late night shows until 11:30 p.m., and now it seems like with social media and the way these shows are cut out. The world is sent, it’s late at night all the time,” he said on his show.

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amber ruffin show One of those shows. The show streams on Peacock and launches at around 6 p.m. PT, meaning viewers can watch it at their leisure instead of staying until the early hours. Deadline understands that there are still a few episodes to shoot and air as part of its second season before any possible third season.

Comedian, who is also a writer Late Night With Seth Meyers, began to include more interviews such as Cynthia Erivo, Vanessa Williams, and Jekyll Spivey on the show, with a more variety, song-and-dance experience than before, indicating that Ruffin was as much into chatting with the stars. It is comparable to its NBC counterpart. While both Fallon and Meyers recently signed long-term deals to remain on their shows, it’s clear that Ruffin is fast becoming a star in the space.

She also recently praised two of her late-night teammates — Zivee and Sam Jay — who are helping diversify the genre. “His shows are incredible,” she told Deadline earlier this spring. “I also think I’m great, so out of the box—bum, bum, bam—the three f*** were excellent shows. It just made me feel so proud.”

Cancel Samantha Bee With Full Frontal Linear ratings coming as part of a cut at Warner Bros. Discovery and one of those decisions affected by the changing media landscape.

Bee himself took a dig at regular interruptions to AEW Wrestling or Repeat in a tweet after the cancellation big bang theory, “We’re so grateful for our loyal viewers, our amazing team, and we get to harass the right people every week — that wasn’t a very special episode of wrestling or baseball or Big Bang,” she wrote.

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But, as shown in the graph (XXX), the TBS show was the least watched of all the major late-night shows, and David Zaslav and his team were breaking the Turner Network’s linear schedule, leading to its cancellation. Came to cancel. together with of conan With a recent exit, it is unlikely that these stations will look to replace the pair directly.

These exhausts – especially bees and Desus and Mero — while the coincidence would have a knock-on effect for genre opportunities at the Emmys going forward. as the deadline revealed In June, a group of showrunners lobbied the TV Academy for five nominations in the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category.

Next year it will likely be less and this could lead to a change in the TV Academy’s approach to the genre. While many in the late-night space would expect separate categories for nightly and weekly, the dwindling number of submissions for both this category and the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, where Amber Ruffin Show, Zive And stay with sam jay In competition, it is only likely to give the academy another look at the combination of categories it has attempted before. Throw in a growing slate of shows competing from the hosted non-fiction (series or special) category like problem with john stewart And My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman And my guess is there will be a change before the 2023 Emmys.

Despite all this, there is still optimism about the future of late nights. There will undoubtedly be a popular successor to Corden, a new pair to rival. Desus and Mero And a woman who can take on the topic of abortion rights just like a bee just around the corner.