Stephen Colbert Wants to Reinvent the Repeat on Late Show

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Regular viewers of the Late Show With Stephen Colbert will experience déjà vu during this week’s Thursday- and Friday-night episodes, but that’s not the same as a repeat. According to Deadline, the CBS late-night show wants to keep its high ratings by experimenting with the repeat formula. Instead of scheduling a previously aired episode in its entirety, Colbert is filming original cold opens, monologues, and a couple of fresh interviews that will be mixed in with older conversations. This is the second time Late Show has altered the established system — in March three consecutive episodes were filmed in advance. It was a move audiences didn’t seem to notice, or care too much about, as it was Colbert’s eighth week in a row scoring the most viewers in late night. Guess it’s true what they say: (Making fun of) Trump is good for (comedy) business.

Stephen Colbert Wants to Reinvent the Repeat on Late Show