New CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert seems to be transferring his ratings-winning political formula from Comedy Central to his new program, starting out with Jeb Bush as a guest on Tuesday night and continuing with a number of political visitors, even including a Supreme Court justice.
Justice Stephen Breyer will come on the new show next week, reports Deadline.com,
marking the second time Colbert has interviewed a justice, as he invited Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens onto the Colbert Report in January 2012 to talk about campaign finance.
In July, Colbert did tell reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour
that he planned for the late show to make a shift more toward politics because it meets more of his interests.
Next week, Breyer will take the stage on Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will appear on Thursday and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be on the show on Friday.
On Tuesday, Colbert got Bush
on his show not only to talk about the issues, but to take part in jests against GOP candidate Donald Trump, inviting Bush to eat some yellow cotton candy that he'd fashioned into a Trump wig.
Trump could be a frequent target. On Tuesday's show, Colbert chowed down on Oreos
while recounting the real estate mogul's soundbites, in a jest against Trump's vow to give up on the chocolate cookies after learning they were being made in Mexico. Even in July, Colbert had said he couldn't wait until his show debuted so he could take some shots against the candidate who has now become the race frontrunner, reports Deadline.
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Reviewers said that even though Colbert had promised to be himself, not the parodied ultra-Republican he played on his Comedy Central "Colbert Report" show, many reviewers found that he has the same enthusiasm and willingness to stretch for a laugh on his new show.
"I used to play a narcissistic conservative candidate, now I'm just a narcissist," he told Bush, when the former Florida governor remarked about all of the Colbert pictures in the Ed Sullivan Theater.
"The new Colbert is different from the old Colbert, but he is still a part of him," said Slate television critic Willa Paskin
in a review of the inaugural show. "With Colbert there will always be a distance between the performance and the intelligence of the performer, and it's in that space that the audience is meant to luxuriate."
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