So much for my hope that Craig Ferguson would replace David Letterman. It isn't going to happen. Stephen Colbert has signed a five year agreement to replace Letterman beginning after Letterman's retirement next year. I'm not a fan of this hiring. Colbert is funny enough, but he plays a character on television. Yes, it is talk show-ish, but it is not a talk show in the traditional sense. I'm ok with breaking tradition or changing format, but is he going to come in and be a traditional talk show host or is he going to be the same character he is on Comedy Central?
When Piers Morgan got axed I thought Colbert would be good for that position. Lots of political talk. Lots of having to cover current affairs and his humor would really help the ratings. Maybe I'm wrong and he will be great, but I think there were a lot better choices out there, including his former boss, Jon Stewart. I could get behind that decision and think Jon would have slid right into that seat and stayed a good decade and would have had sketches and just been perfect. Stewart has always been the straight man to set up the jokes or characters and I think that is what a talk show needs.