The game show originally aired on Comedy Central
February 7, 2023 | 9:27 p.m. ET
As James Corden prepares to go out The late show later this year, CBS found its replacement, and it’s not just a new host: it’s a reboot of @midnight, the game show originally hosted by Chris Hardwick and aired on Comedy Central.
According to Deadline, Stephen Colbert will serve as executive producer on the new @midnight, while Hardwick is not expected to return. In the original series, which spun off from Funny or Die, Hardwick led three guests through a series of improv games, usually based on internet culture. It ran for 600 episodes from 2013 to 2017.
A @midnight revival is sure to be a useful cost cutter for CBS, which was looking to cut its 12:30 a.m. timeslot budget from its current $60 million per year to $35 million per year. The original program only took a 30-minute slot instead of The late showand a game show would probably require a lot less money than a big talk show.
The late show premiered on CBS in 1995 and saw Tom Snyder, Craig Kilborn, Craig Ferguson and James Corden on the front desk. Since announcing his departure from the show last April, Corden has faced a slew of negative reviews surrounding his character, including after a restaurant in New York banned the comedian from being “the worst customer. more abusive”.