Stephen Colbert Named New Host of “The Late Show”

stephen colbertThat was quick!  One week after David Letterman announced his retirement from The Late Show, CBS has officially named Stephen Colbert the new host of The Late Show with a five-year contract.

Stephen Colbert, current host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, has been with the network since October 2005.  His contract with Comedy Central runs through 2014.

Stephen Colbert was a rumored successor of David Letterman, along with current CBS The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Handler, Tina Fey, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Four days ago, The Daily Mail said Colbert was the front-runner for the job.

When Colbert takes over he will be at least 50 years old, the oldest host of any 11:35pm late night show.  Jimmy Fallon is currently 39, and Kimmel 46.  It will be interesting to see if the younger demographic shifts toward Colbert or stick with Fallon.

No official date has been announced for Stephen Colbert to take over, although it is expected to be sometime in 2015.

Now we wait for Comedy Central to announce what will fill the 1130 timeslot as a result of the move.  Will @midnight shift to the earlier timeslot and become @11:30 (eh) or is a new show on the way?  Let the rumors begin!

A&E Renews “Bates Motel”

bates-motelAfter a somewhat slow start to the season, A&E has given a third season order to the Psycho-prequel, Bates Motel.

Through five episodes, Bates Motel is averaging 2.32 million viewers, down about 17% from the same point last season.  The first three episodes of the season aired at 9/8c, before moving back to 10/9c, after the removal of Those Who Kill from the schedule.  The timeslot change has resulted in a bump in ratings.

The third season, consisting of ten episodes, will return next January.

HBO Renews “Game of Thrones” for Two Seasons

GameOfThrones_Teaser02_Screencap10After its record-breaking season debut on Sunday night, HBO has renewed hit drama Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season.

No word yet on how many episodes have been ordered, but each of the previous seasons has been given ten episodes.

HBO is lucky to have secured its number one drama for an additional two seasons, as its other hit, True Blood, is heading into its final season later this summer.  On top of that, many of its new offerings, with the exception of True Detective, have struggled to find much of an audience.

FXX Renews “It’s Always Sunny”

sunnyThe sun will continue shining in Philadelphia for at least a few more years.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which moved to FXX in September 2013, and averaged 530,000 viewers in its ninth season, has been given a renewal order for an eleventh and twelfth season.  Sunny, along with The League, is one of the few shows to find any traction on the new network.

FXX previously renewed It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a tenth season in March 2013, which has yet to premiere.  The two season extension, for an eleventh and twelfth season, will give Sunny the distinction of being the longest-running cable comedy series in television history.

The three yet-to-be-aired seasons will each contain ten (10) episodes, giving the series a total of 134 episodes since its debut in 2005.

 

ABC Cancels Mind Games

mind gamesAfter five episodes, ABC has pulled the plug on low-rated Tuesday night drama, Mind Games.

The series debuted to a mere 3.58 million viewers and 1.1 demo, before plummeting to 2.39 million viewers and 0.6 demo the following week.  Despite the huge drop, ABC stuck with the series.  The most recent episode, which followed a repeat of Trophy Wife, nabbed a series low 2.06 million viewers.

Beginning this Tuesday, ABC will air repeats of breakout drama Resurrection for two weeks.  After the two weeks of Resurrection encores, reliable Celebrity Wife Swap will join the schedule with new episodes.  The reality series was given a thirteen episode third season renewal last summer.

While Celebrity Wife Swap won’t do huge numbers, it’ll be a big improvement over the last three timeslot occupants.  All three were freshmen drama cancelled after a handful of episodes (Lucky 7Killer Women, and now Mind Games).