We’ve spent months wondering what Stephen Colbert’s version of “The Late Show” would look like, and he gave it to us with both barrels in his debut. Kicking things off with a pre-recorded rendition of the national anthem, sung with various citizens at an array of venues across the U.S., Colbert proved he had more than a few surprises up his sleeve from the very start — and not just because of the touching cameo to cap off his opening segment (above).
As the show got into things, Colbert overcame CBS President and CEO Les Moonves’ eager escape lever (which he used to switch programming from “The Late Show” to reruns of “The Mentalist”) before moving on to his first formal interview as host. None other than George Clooney sat down in the blue chair next to Colbert, and the two built an aura up around the Oscar-winning actor and producer similar to Colbert’s old character on “The Colbert Report.” In other words, satirical worship led to legitimate respect before the movie star left the stage (below).
“The Late Show” airs weeknights at 11:35pm on CBS.