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If you've been keeping tabs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the network TV series has been going through a bit of upheaval over the past couple of months. Now that a new producer has been installed and Stephen Colbert has been free to focus less on the overall show details and more on his specific job. The result has been a less buttoned up Stephen Colbert that has put headed up live shows and even brought back a bit of his Colbert Report personality. Here's how The Late Show's new producer Chris Licht feels about the changes that have been made during his reign:
I'm happy the staff feels energized and confident. It doesn't mean everything is fixed. What is undeniable is weeks like this can build momentum. It's up to us to continue to build on that momentum. That's how shows get better.
A slew of changes have happened in the time since Chris Licht signed on a few months ago, but the most noticeable changes have happened over the last couple of weeks. Per CNN Money, we learned that The Late Show planned to literally go to the mattresses over the past two weeks. The outlet notes that jokes were re-written, that Colbert dropped the "cautious approach" we saw for most of his first season on air and adding Jen Spyra as the new announcing voice on the TV series. Plus, the show was able to bring in fan favorite talk show alum Jon Stewart for a special guest appearance, which went over really well with a lot of people. All of these little things have obviously helped to build momentum, but Chris Licht is wisely noting that there is more work to be done.
Although The Late Show with Stephen Colbert kicked off to the great start, in subsequent months, the show has waffled in the ratings, always losing to The Tonight Show and sometimes losing to Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the ratings. In addition, while most late night and late late night hosts have signature viral sketches---from "Carpool Karaoke" to "LieWitness News" and "Box of Lies"---Stephen Colbert's CBS series has not hit so hard in terms of viral viewership. That's something the show will need to look into as it heads into its second season on the air.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is currently in the middle of revamping its program, so if you are a fan of the host and maybe even if you weren't a fan early on, you should check out the series as it continues to make changes. In addition, you can find out what other TV is returning this fall with our TV premiere schedule.