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STEVEN COLBERT’S REPLACEMENT IS BLACK: LARRY WILMORE TO HEAD ‘MINORITY REPORT’

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After much talk about who would replace Steven Colbert’s slot on Comedy Central, the network announced that the new show The Minority Report and the host will be the “senior black correspondent” from The Daily Show — otherwise known as Larry Wilmore.

Comedy Central, along with Jon Stewart’s production company, Busboy Productions, will create the follow-up show to the Emmy-winning Colbert Report, which will be coming to an end in the next year when its star, Stephen Colbert, leaves to host CBS’s “Late Show.”

The idea for The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, as the show will be known, came from John Stewart himself, who proposed that the 11:30 p.m. time period behind his nightly “Daily Show” was the ideal place for a new format, one that would “provide an opportunity for the underrepresented voices out there,” as Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central said in an interview.

The idea is to have a panel of those voices led by Wilmore, commenting on the hot topics of the day — but in a comedic, scripted format.  The panel would not simply address minority issues, but any and all issues, except from minority points of view.

Personally, I’m excited about this opportunity for our perspective to be shown on such a large network with a diverse following. Will you be tuned in?

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