Stephen Colbert and James Corden finally have a good reason to get out of the house.
Both late-night hosts are slated to return to their home studios next week, according to ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, in a bid to restore CBS’ two mainstay late-night programs to some sense of normalcy amid the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on production. Bakish revealed the plans during a call with investors Thursday after the large media conglomerate reported its second-quarter earnings.
But the shows will still look different from what fans have come to expect. Neither program will include a live, in-studio audience, Bakish said. Colbert recently told viewers he would start to hold forth from a locale other than his house, where he has led “Late Show” for about four months. “When we return, I won’t be in the Ed Sullivan Theater, but I also won’t be sleeping where I work.” Corden has hosted his “Late Late Show” from his garage, which has been upgraded for TV production.
A spokesperson for “Late Show” declined to add more details and a spokesperson for “Late Late Show” could not be reached for immediate comment.
The CBS late-night duo follow other contemporaries who are trying to trade in “at home” production for some of the regular trappings of wee-hours TV. Conan O’Brien has moved his “Conan” on TBS to a small Los Angeles-area theater, and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon has brought his “Tonight Show” back to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York, albeit in a different studio than the one that normally houses the program.
More to come…