Comedy Central has announced that a show hosted by Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore will fill the void left when Stephen Colbert leaves to host the "Late Show" in December of this year.
The half hour show will air at 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and will be called “The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore." It will feature a panel of commentators to discuss news and politics from a minority perspective. It will start in January.
According to Comedy Central the show will “provide a platform to underrepresented voices in comedy and media providing comedy, commentary and a cultural point of view on the news of the day.”
Wilmore has appeared as “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show since 2006. He mixes satire, exaggerated character and poignant commentary to give a comedic look at the news from a black point of view. “The Minority Report” will expand upon that format.
“(Wilmore) is a spectacular talent in front of and behind the camera,” said Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central. “‘The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore’ follows in the Comedy Central tradition – bringing new perspectives to the day’s events and breaking ground in the world of late-night television.
With the recent shuffle of late-night hosts, critics argued that a woman or someone of a minority background should take over a late-night spot, including the “Late Show” vacancy Stephen Colbert recently filled.
Comedy Central will hash out the specifics of Wilmore’s show in the months leading up to its premiere. The show is produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions.
Wilmore has garnered praise for his work as a standup comedian, comedy writer, author and producer. He has won a Peabody award and an NAACP Image Award. He wrote for “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” He was a consulting producer for “The Office,” and his latest effort as an executive producer and showrunner, “Black-ish,” was recently picked up by ABC.
Jon Stewart offered praise for Wilmore, but admitted he really just wanted Wilmore to move away from his beloved Los Angeles Lakers and to the home of the New York Knicks. Wilmore responded by promising to only wear his Laker’s jersey under layers.
Watch Wilmore's latest Daily Show segment below: