Stephen Colbert Caps His Late-Night Resurgence By Stealing the Show at CBS Upfront

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Stephen Colbert, whose 2016 upfront appearance fizzled with buyers, was back on his game this year. Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS

During last year’s CBS upfront presentation, Stephen Colbert was little more than a footnote. The network instead gave the 2016 spotlight to his late-night companion, James Corden, who received not one but two extravagant opening production numbers. Meanwhile, Colbert was shoehorned in partway through, delivering a tepid routine that fell flat with the Carnegie Hall audience.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.