Stephen Colbert Returns to Showtime for Another Live Election Night Special

With the Late Show preempted by CBS election coverage, he'll again jump to the sister network

Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 will air on Nov. 3 at 11 p.m. ET. Showtime
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Four years after Stephen Colbert’s live Showtime special on the night of the presidential election turned out much differently than he had expected, he’s going to jump to the ViacomCBS sister network once again on election night.

Because The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will not air on CBS on Tuesday, Nov. 3, due to that network’s extended election coverage, Colbert will appear in on a live Showtime special instead. Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 will air on Nov. 3 at 11 p.m. ET.

Guests will include Charlamagne Tha God, journalists Alex Wagner, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon, who host Showtime’s The Circus.

“It’s going to be a great night, although my therapist has reminded me America has to want to change,” said Colbert in a statement.

Unlike the 2016 live election special, this year’s event will be broadcast without a live studio audience, due to Covid-19 protocols.

In 2016, Donald Trump’s surprise win turned Colbert’s election comedy special into a wake, and the host ended up as a grief counselor by night’s end.

But Colbert’s impromptu closing monologue ended up being a galvanizing moment for the host, and ultimately set him on a course that helped propel Late Night With Stephen Colbert ahead of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the late-night ratings race, first in total winners, and then also in the coveted adults 18-49 demo.

While this is Colbert’s first live special for Showtime since the 2016 election, he also executive produces an animated series for the premium cable network, Our Cartoon President.


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