Back in 2005, The Daily Show sent off a prime correspondent to change the world one liberal at a time with the satirical newsfotainment series The Colbert Report. Comedy Central is hoping for dual strikes of lightning, as they’re using the same process to fill Stephen Colbert's timeslot, which he'll be vacating next year to replace David Letterman as host of CBS’ Late Night. Let’s all give a big round of welcoming applause to The Daily Show’s Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore, who will host the half-eponymous news panel series The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore.
A black guy hosting a show with “minority” in the title sounds pretty kitschy, but this definitely won’t be a one-joke pony. Created by Jon Stewart, who will also serve as executive producer with Wilmore, The Minority Report will take on the news stories that aren’t normally the go-to fare for late night news shows. Does that mean it’ll be packed with awful stories that people on Facebook post with the message: “Why isn’t the national news media covering this?” Or will they deliver genuinely interesting stories – i.e. anything involving science – that get passed over for whatever is more buzzworthy and ratings-friendly?
As for the format of the show itself (via Deadline), we can expect a “distinct point of view” and Wilmore will be joined for at least part of each episode by “a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television,” with more details to come. The words “diverse” and “underrepresented,” while somewhat synonymous with the looser definition of minority, bring to mind a revolving door panel of black women, Ukrainians, amputees, vampires and D&D players. I’m intrigued.
Wilmore is (wil)more than qualified to anchor The Minority Report, lest anyone have any reservations there. The Emmy Award-winning writer/creator of The Bernie Mac Show and The PJs has had a long career that stretches back to writing and occasionally performing on the still-hilarious sketch series In Living Color. His onscreen work became more noteworthy once he joined the Daily Show staff, and he can be seen in films such as Dinner for Schmucks and the recent comedy Date and Switch, as well as TV shows like Happy Endings and The Office, as seen in the picture above.
If you’re interested in a lengthier look at Wilmore front and center, set aside some time for the video below, in which Wilmore delivers a poignant and constantly humorous take on society for the Chicago Humanities Festival in 2012.
Expect to find The Minority Report hitting Comedy Central in January 2015. In the meantime, you can get all your current ex-Daily Show correspondent news show goodness, tune into HBO on Sundays for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The more funny news we have on TV, the better.