As October approaches a midway, we’ve comfortably settled into a late-night landscape that sees Stephen Colbert taking over The Late Show for David Letterman, and well after Jay Leno finally abandoned The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon. That hasn’t stopped the old guard from feuding now and again, as it seems Leno pointedly refused to take part in Letterman’s final CBS sendoff.
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After the first episode of a new show, especially the first episode of an old show with a new face, everyone is ready to deem it either fantastic or awful. Did Trevor Noah ruin Jon Stewart’s legacy? Is The Daily Show a completely different beast? Should we stop watching now that some random unknown guy is hosting? The answer to all of those is no, or at least, we have no idea yet. But after watching the young South African comedian’s debut in Stewart’s chair on Monday night, it’s refreshing to say he did a pretty good job, and only time will tell how well he can carry the show.
The ‘90s kid in all of us winces a bit whenever word spreads of bad blood between Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, the former graduating from Nickelodeon to SNL, and the latter far less visible. Thankfully, Jimmy Fallon has taken our order, reuniting the pair for another “Good Burger” sketch on last night’s Tonight Show.
Now that Stephen Colbert’s Late Show continues humming along through its third week, eyes turn to Trevor Noah and the September 28 premiere of our new Daily Show on Comedy Central. First up after Jon Stewart’s departure, Noah has set comedian Kevin Hart, GOP hopeful Chris Christie, and musician Ryan Adams among his first guests of the new tenure.
We’ve seen Jimmy Fallon take on the likes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and House of Cards, but with Empire Season 2 drip-dropping its FOX premiere tomorrow night, Fallon was bound to take the throne. Watch the real Cookie and Lucious chime in as The Tonight Show takes on the Empire with Jimpire!
Given all the focus on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show debut, Trevor Noah’s upcoming ascension of The Daily Show, and the mountain of attention-grabbing guests competing for ratings, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore hasn’t garnered as much spotlight. Fortunately, Wilmore has plenty of time to win it back, now that the network has ordered additional Nightly-ness through 2016.
Many saw the announcement that Donald Trump would drop by Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show as a sign the former SNL player would take bigger swings to compete with Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, but you wouldn’t expect The Donald to shy away from publicity, would you? Week 3 guests of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert have arrived, everyone from Trump, to Hugh Jackman, to Pearl Jam and the Archbishop.
The reviews for Stephen Colbert’s debut as the new Late Show host were mostly positive. Our own Matt Singer said the show got off to a “solid start” as Colbert took over for David Letterman, but the show almost didn’t get off to a start at all. On his second show, Colbert revealed that because of editing and technical glitches, his first episode almost didn’t make it on air.
However notably edited in certain spots, the Late Show With Stephen Colbert premiere garnered near-universal praise, and ratings some 172% above The Late Show one year prior (for now). The broadcast naturally ran along (hence some of the more obvious edits), but CBS has released a much fuller bout of unused material, including that of presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
More and more each year, TV executives quake in their stylish, yet affordable boots over the exponential increase in peak TV, even as us ravenous viewers eagerly take it all in. Fall 2015 is no exception, cramming your DVR with everything from superheroes new and old, to Scream-ing gore-fests, animated staples and so much more. You’d need some sort of … television … guidance … periodical to navigate it all, but because we love you, we’ve compiled over 30 of Fall 2015's biggest must-see premieres. Remember to sleep, and take in the onslaught of fall 2015's TV madness by our full preview!