Four years after Stephen Colbert’s live Showtime special on the night of the presidential election turned out very differently than expected, he will switch to the ViacomCBS sister network again on election night.
Since Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will not air on CBS on Tuesday, November 3rd due to this network’s expanded election coverage, Colbert will appear on a live Showtime special instead. Stephen Colbert’s 2020 Election Night: The Final Stand of Democracy: Building America Great Again, Better 2020 will air on November 3rd at 11pm.
Guests 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 despite my therapist reminding me America needs to change,” Colbert said in a statement.
In contrast to the live election special 2016, this year’s event will be broadcast without a live studio audience due to the Covid-19 protocols.
In 2016, Donald Trump’s surprise win turned Colbert’s election comedy into a wake, and the host became a grief counselor at the end of the night.
But Colbert’s impromptu closing monologue was a thrilling moment for the host, and eventually got him on a course that helped advance Late Night With Stephen Colbert in the Late Night Rating race ahead of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and then the coveted too Adult 18-49 demo.
While this is Colbert’s first live special for Showtime since the 2016 election, he is also producing an animated series for the premium cable network Our Cartoon President.