The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to go live for election specials

Stephen Colbert will go live three times during election week, including for two airings of The Late Show.

The Late Show will be pre-empted on Election Night in favor of news coverage, but doesn’t mean Stephen Colbert won’t have a place to give his take on the presidential race in a live format. According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS announced on Thursday that the late-night talk show will go live on the days before and after Election Day on Monday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 9.

The news comes after it was confirmed that the comedian will oversee a one-hour, live special on Showtime on Tuesday, November 8 starting at 11 p.m. where Colbert will give his unfiltered take on the night’s results. The special, dubbed, “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?,” will feature an “uncensored, maybe nude and probably hammered” Colbert giving state-by-state results in real-time, according to a promo. The special, to be filmed at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City where The Late Show is shot, will also include surprise guests and remote segments.

Watch a trailer for the special below:

The Late Show has gone live several times this election cycle to cover the Democratic and Republican conventions and four presidential and vice presidential debates, which have helped prop up the show’s modest ratings. Monday’s episode will feature Don Cheadle, Katherine Waterston and musical guest Drive-By Truckers, while Wednesday’s installment will include Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Other late-night shows providing live coverage include Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and @midnight with Chris Hardwick, while Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will expand to two episodes during election week to Monday and Wednesday nights.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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