There’s still no official timetable for when Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman on “The Late Show,” but CBS and Colbert are already hard at work on the new show.
The network and the late night host have had a few preliminary conversations about the new show, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler tells reporters at the 2014 Television Critics Association summer press tour.
“He’s still very busy — he’s got his show on Comedy Central,” she says. “We’ve had very early conversations regarding format. He’s retiring his character on Comedy Central. He does want an interview format. Will he have a band, will he not have a band? He’s thinking about a lot of these things now.”
The network has also had preliminary conversations with Letterman as to when he will hand over the reins, but nothing is decided just yet.
“There is certainly a knee jerk reaction to go with a more traditional behind the desk interview format but who knows,” Tassler says, adding that CBS is considering hosts from all different backgrounds — “not only from the comic world but maybe there’s the political world. We’re just keeping a very open mind and we want to be very thorough.”