Comedy Central has cancelled The Nightly Showwith Larry Wilmore, the show that replaced The Colbert Report after Stephen Colbert left for CBS. Their reason? Because it “hasn’t resonated.”
They’re not wrong, sadly, because as much as we all wanted Larry Wilmore to succeed, most of us stopped paying much attention to it within the first six months of its year-and-a-half run. The dwindling ratings of Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show haven’t helped, I’m sure, and the fact that Larry Wilmore had to compete with his predecessor in the same time-slot probably also hurt its prospects.
Last year, there was an upheaval in late night television, and when the dust settled, the chairs had been rearranged. Comedy Central’s voices had been replaced by former The Daily Show voices John Oliver and Samantha Bee. Colbert hasn’t been able to compete as well as he’d have liked with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Seth Meyers has become Jon Stewart-lite (in a good way!), James Corden has become a natural successor to Fallon (Corden and Meyers really should trade networks), and Larry Wilmore becomes the first casualty.
The Nightly Show is expected to replace Wilmore sometime next year, and I know you are all thinking what I am thinking:
Make this happen, Comedy Central.
Meanwhile, Wilmore might be able to go back and help out on the show he co-created, Black-ish, because Wilmore’s voice deserves to continue being in our television lives.