CBS ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE PRODUCING TEAM, SHOWRUNNERS AND HEAD WRITER FOR NEW LATE NIGHT SERIES “AFTER MIDNIGHT”
Produced by CBS Studios with Stephen Colbert’s Spartina Industries and Funny Or Die,
“After Midnight” Will Premiere on CBS in Early 2024
CBS announced today the executive producing team, showrunners and head writer for its new late night series from CBS Studios, Spartina Industries and Funny Or Die, AFTER MIDNIGHT. The show, which will take over the 12:37 AM, ET/PT time slot, will premiere on the CBS Television Network, and be available for streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after it airs)* in early 2024.
AFTER MIDNIGHT is executive produced by Stephen Colbert; Carrie Byalick, president of Spartina Industries; THE LATE SHOW executive Tom Purcell; Evelyn McGee Colbert; and James Dixon of Dixon Talent. The Spartina team is joined by executive producers Joe Farrell, Mike Farah, Whitney Hodack and Henry R. Muñoz III from Funny Or Die. Jason U. Nadler of Serious Business, who co-created “@midnight” by which AFTER MIDNIGHT is inspired, is also an executive producer.
Serving as co-showrunners and executive producers are Jack Martin, showrunner on all four seasons of “@midnight” and current showrunner for CBS’ RAID THE CAGE, and Eric Pierce (CBS’ THE CHALLENGE: USA, “The Wheel,” “Hollywood Game Night”). Comedian and writer Jo Firestone (ZIWE, “The Tonight Show,” “Joe Pera Talks with You”) will be co-executive producer and head writer. Alexx Wells (“Celebrity Squares,” “That’s My Jam,” “The Cube”) will also serve as co-executive producer. A host and premiere date for AFTER MIDNIGHT will be announced at a later time.
“We are thrilled to be reunited with our friends at Funny Or Die,” said Stephen Colbert. “My hope is that, every night, AFTER MIDNIGHT will be just as ridiculous as the internet is every day. Plus, the original ‘@midnight’ aired after ‘The Colbert Report,’ so welcoming this new show to 12:30 feels like coming home.”
“Funny Or Die is proud to partner once again with CBS Studios, Spartina Industries and our longtime friend and collaborator Stephen Colbert,” said Funny Or Die Owner Henry R. Muñoz III. “Now that we are all old enough to stay up until after midnight, I’m excited for this show to harness the power of comedy and laughter to bring us all together.”
About CBS Studios
CBS Studios is one of the world’s leading suppliers of entertainment programming with development and production for broadcast, cable networks, streaming services, and other emerging platforms. The Studio’s expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate of commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted programming, which includes genre-defining franchises such as NCIS, CSI and the ever-growing Star Trek universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, as well as an extensive library of iconic intellectual property. The Studio also develops and produces local language and international content originating outside of the US for viewers around the world.
About Spartina Industries
Founded by Stephen Colbert, Spartina is a production company with a first-look deal at CBS Studios. Spartina has produced several projects, including “Derek Delgaudio’s In & Of Itself” on Hulu and, most recently, PICKLED on CBS and Paramount+. Spartina is also currently developing several projects, most notably a series adaptation of The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. Spartina Industries is on a mission to make the world a little better through content that brings people joy.
About Funny Or Die
Funny Or Die is a minority-owned business focused on creating funny, original and diverse content with today’s biggest stars and tomorrow’s exciting voices. Funny Or Die reaches a global audience of more than 40 million people across all of its social platforms. The company produced all four seasons of the two-time Emmy-award winning “@midnight,” the critically acclaimed “Brockmire” for IFC, Emmy nominated “Billy on the Street,” the Peabody award-winning “American Vandal” for Netflix, the Emmy nominated Sarah Silverman series “I Love You, America” for Hulu, and the feature films “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” for Netflix, “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” for Warner Media, and “WEIRD: The ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Story” for Roku. Funny Or Die was founded in 2007 with Will Farrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy’s infamous “The Landlord” video and has since become a comedy juggernaut. In May 2021, it was announced that Funny Or Die had been acquired by Henry R. Muñoz III, a nationally respected business leader, philanthropist and activist, known for creating movements that inspire massive change in American institutions, where he works at the intersection of design, politics and cultural empowerment.
*Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will have access to stream live via the feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service, as well as on demand. Paramount+ Essential subscribers will not have the option to stream live but will have access to on-demand the day after the show airs.
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