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TCA: Colbert, Showtime in Talks for Election Night Special

Complete Coverage: TCA Summer 2016

Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Late night host Stephen Colbert is in talks with Showtime to host a comedy special on election night, David Nevins, Showtime Networks, president and CEO, said.

“I think it’s gonna happen,” said Nevins. “Stephen wants to do it, I want to do it.”

Colbert of course honed his comedic chops on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central before shifting to CBS.

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Nevins noted that Colbert has the night off from his The Late Show role on CBS.

Nevins said Colbert would be “unfettered” in the election special. “I promise he’ll say at least a couple curse words,” said Nevins. “I think it would be great.”

Michael Malone
Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.