Not too late for Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore Prepares for His ‘Nightly Show’.

“It’s kind of a hybrid, if you will, of ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Politically Incorrect,'” Wilmore said in this story. “The first part of the show is the scripted part where I’m weighing in, giving my take on the events or event of the day that we’re going to be talking about.Seated at the head of the oblong table where he will preside over his new Comedy Central series, “The Nightly Show,” Larry Wilmore was moderating a vigorous, sometimes sincere, sometimes acerbic panel discussion about the attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Monday on Comedy Central — the old “Colbert Report” timeslot — Wilmore tells a group of reporters, “If ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Politically Incorrect’ had a kid, it would be this show.” On one side, a desk with several chairs invites panel discussion across from a green screen.

Sally Kohn, who contributes to CNN and The Daily Beast, said that society reacted differently to mass shootings depending on who had committed them. “When white people commit crime in the United States,” she said, “nobody says, ‘Gosh, what’s wrong with white people?’ ” This debate, held last Tuesday night on a newly constructed set at a Midtown Manhattan studio, was a dry run not meant for broadcast. On the other, there are shelves decorated with old clocks, cameras and typewriters opposite a wall of clocks with jokey time zones such as Pasadena, Obama’s Birth Place and Pompeii among others. It was seen by an audience of Comedy Central executives and “Nightly Show” writers and producers, including Jon Stewart, anchor of “The Daily Show,” who sat in the front row.

The Supreme Court of Canada hears an appeal in a discrimination case between the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal and Bombardier over a decision to deny training to a Canadian pilot of Pakistani origin blacklisted by the U.S. government. Big hopes for Wilmore’s show, described as featuring “a diverse panel of voices, providing a perspective largely missing in the late night television landscape.” No guest list so far, but will update if/when I get one. In an attempt to get his job back, Gordon tries to capture Jack Gruber, a deranged electrical genius who recently escaped from Arkham Asylum, on “Gotham” (Fox at 8). “Antiques Roadshow” (MPT and WETA at 8) concludes its stint in New York City with a 1943 Irving Berlin manuscript and a collection of rare 1903 tobacco baseball cards.

RETURNING SHOW: “Brain Games” (National Geographic at 9) returns for a fourth season and in the two back-to-back episodes, host Jason Silva tests your brain’s grasp on common sense and the strength of its right and left sides. Wilmore, who was just about to begin test shows when he spoke with reporters last week at the Television Critics Assocation winter press tour, was planning to break “Nightly” into several segments. These viewers will be watching for how this show distinguishes itself from its highly regarded predecessor, “The Colbert Report,” whose singularly arch M.C., Stephen Colbert, will succeed David Letterman at CBS in September.

Ichabod and Katrina recall their friend Abigail Adams when an art restorer is found dead at a party for the Sleepy Hollow Historical Society on“Sleepy Hollow” (Fox at 9). From the creator and director of “Dark Girls,” the documentary “Light Girls” (OWN at 9) continues the conversation on colorism, and dives deeper into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain and prejudice.

Nightly will deconstruct a single topic each night, setting up a piece with headlines or remote segments and segueing to a panel discussion with as many as four guests or regular contributors that can veer from comic to serious. It’ll go wherever it goes.” Late night: Jay Baruchel guests on “Conan” (10 p.m., TBS), Anthony Mackie guests on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (10:35 p.m., WDSU), Bad Suns perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (10:35 p.m., WGNO). Charlie works toward proving that a sorority girl is indeed still an active member of Ar Rissalah’s American terrorist cell on “State of Affairs” (NBC at 10). I think we may cover the State of the Union address.” He also said he would address the controversial all-white acting nominees at this year’s Oscars — but that he would coyly save his salvos for a later date.

Rose et al. keep these cards close to their collective chest, best I can do is the window below on the latest tweet, which usually announces guests late afternoon on the day of. SERIES PREMIERE: Making its debut in Stephen Colbert’s old slot, “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central at 11:30) has former “Daily Show” correspondent Wilmore and a panel of guests discussing the day’s developments in pop culture and politics.

Quite simply, he is someone worth watching, which is why Stewart created “Nightly” for him, under the auspices of his Busboy Productions, after Colbert left to take over David Letterman’s late-night show on CBS. Wilmore knows he does not have the luxury to experiment behind closed doors, and he will be figuring out on his feet what works in front of an audience over the next several weeks. “I’m not doing a show where I’m setting up comics to do jokes,” Mr. Wilmore’s mild-mannered demeanor and dimple belie a trenchant wit. “Larry is the guy you want to bring out to dinner with you,” says Kenya Barris, who worked with Wilmore on the ABC sitcom “black-ish.” “You sit and have a conversation, and it’s the best conversation.

Wilmore says he is fond of voices who “might be too dangerous for a network sitcom.” The show’s first panel will be about protest as an idea — with guests including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, rapper Talib Kweli and comedian Bill Burr. Comedian Kathy Griffin and “Selma” actor David Oyelowo come to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with musical guest Lera Lynn.

Wilmore said the booking of guests will be a fluid process that may go “up to the last second.” Even so, Albanese added that John Leguizamo will be coming, as well as President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Lovett, Soledad O’Brien, New York magazine writer Frank Rich and New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick. “To me, provocative means be entertaining,” Wilmore says. “And provocation comes out of authenticity about something we’re really interested in and we really care about. I’m expecting really good things.” That Wilmore is also black — not the first to host a late-night show, but the only one currently — is a change of pace in a landscape historically dominated by white men. But Paramount’s Tom Cruise film, which is being developed as a Fox series, got in the way, and the title sent the wrong message that the show was only about minority issues. Wilmore said he wanted his show to look at “events in the world from the perspective of the underdog,” while being “provocative and absurd, all those things rolled into one.” This blueprint has yielded a show that at its outset will have one segment of Mr.

The Los Angeles native is the Emmy-winning creator of “The Bernie Mac Show,” co-creator of the critically acclaimed animated series “The PJs,” and served as a writer on “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” and “The Office,” on which he also appeared. But on another, he is a black guy hosting a late-night talk show, and there is baggage that comes with that, particularly from the minority community. Wilmore and his staff brainstormed possible routines for the new show’s contributors: one for Shenaz Treasury, a reporter and Bollywood actress, about the sexual harassment she experienced online; another for Mike Yard, a stand-up comedian, who would explain that he had gone so far off the electronic grid that he was performing only for Amish audiences. Wilmore said it was exciting enough that a channel was giving this opportunity to someone who might otherwise be invisible — if not for his race, then for his age.

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