Stephen Colbert Will Broadcast Live During Both Political Conventions

But he'll stay in New York

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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is going to make the most of this summer's Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The CBS late-night show is going live for two weeks in July—during each convention.

CBS announced the show will broadcast live from Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21, so Colbert can react to the events unfolding during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The following week, he'll be back live Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, doing the same during the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

It will be Colbert's first live shows since he hosted a special post-Super Bowl edition of The Late Show in February.

It's the latest example of how The Late Show has taken more of a political turn, playing to Colbert's strengths, since CBS This Morning executive producer Chris Licht was named showrunner in April.

Colbert will host the live shows from his New York home base, the Ed Sullivan Theater, just as he did after the Super Bowl. "I think a live show is hard enough, and you want to do it in friendly confines," he told Adweek in January. "Also, I don't know if you've seen what we've done to the Ed Sullivan Theater, but we're like a family that bought a beach house. We're not going on vacation anywhere until we get our money out of the beach house."

While Colbert will stay in New York, the show will have an "on-site presence" at both conventions, according to CBS, which said it will make more information available in the coming weeks.

Colbert told Adweek he wishes he could do every night live. "The energy is fantastic," he said. "If I didn't have to stay up until 11:35 to do it, I would do it every day."

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