The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a.k.a "the show that’s replacing The Colbert Report," just released a new promo video, “Looking for Something Different.” It announces that Nightly will premiere on January 19 on Comedy Central, and you can definitely call us excited. We will, of course, be missing Colbert’s antics on the Report–the show and its host are now a part of comedy legend. In its nearly ten hears on the air, we saw Colbert try to get his name on everything from bridges to NASA treadmills; invent the word "truthiness;" create former President Bill Clinton's twitter account @PrezBillyJeff (now @BillClinton); insult the President during his correspondents dinner speech; make a super-PAC that actually changed the course of an election; and get his portrait in the Smithsonian. In other words, it’s a hell of a tough act to follow, but we’re pretty confident that Wilmore’s show will serve as a just replacement, continuing to push the limits of what we’ve come to expect from late-night TV.
Even though he may be best recognized as The Daily Show’s “Senior Black Correspondent,” Wilmore has had an impressive career in groundbreaking television. He served as a writer on In Living Color and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a consulting producer of The Office and created the critically-acclaimed and award-winning The Bernie Mac Show. If his resume doesn’t excite you, we don’t know what will, but Comedy Central has been knocking it out of the park lately (see the new trailer for the next season on Broad City for proof), so we’re hoping to be able to say “We told you so” very soon.