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Five things to watch out for in Colbert’s Late Show premiere

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Tom Brink

It’s been almost a year since Stephen Colbert has been on our TVs, making room for Larry Willmore’s Nightly Show, but tonight he’s back and taking over David Letterman’s spot on the Late Show. While we’ve come to know Colbert’s news skewering alter-ego Stephen Colbert (with a silent t) we still have much to learn about the man behind the legend and we’re curious to see what he brings to late night. Here’s a list of things we’ll be looking out for while we watch his premiere episode. (Psst. If you don’t have a tv, you can live stream the premiere for free.)

Colbert or Colbert?
We’re hoping he addresses how we’re now supposed to pronounce his name. Will he keep the silent T in the name of branding? Or will he have us call him by his birth name to separate this show further from the Report?

Possible unannounced drop-ins
The show has already announced an impressive list of guests, but if his farewell Report episode taught us anything, is that he knows how to celebrate with A-listers.

An homage to Letterman
We can’t imagine he’ll go without talking about the show’s former host, but we’re expecting some deeper references over the next couple weeks for the die hard fans.

New segments
We’re willing to bet he retired many (if not all) of the Report’s segments. However, Colbert and his writing staff are some of the smartest minds in the game. They’ll surely bring some new flavors to the late-night format and who knows? Maybe they’ll adopt the Top 10. Which leads us to...

His focus
Kimmel has pranks, Fallon has songs and what seems like celebrity team building exercises and Corden's Late Late Show has a sort of miss-mash of the two. So what will Colbert bring to the table? I’m sure he’ll bounce around while trying to find his footing with the new show, but I’m hoping he taps his Second City background to give us some classic late-night style sketches with his personal twist. We're also very eager to see him do some real interviews.

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