TV Ratings: Larry Wilmore’s “Nightly Show” Makes a Solid Entry

“If ‘Politically Incorrect’ and ‘The Daily Show’ had a kid, that would be ‘The Nightly Show,’ Wilmore quipped to a group of journalists who visited the ‘Nightly Show’ set on the Friday before the show’s Monday debut.

“I’m not interested in doing a show where I give my opinion and people react to my opinion,” Wilmore continues. “Our show is more about the discovery of things. I want people who will teach me something. We’ll have people on who maybe get their minds changed after covering certain issues.”

Wilmore first joined “The Daily Show” in 2006 after an award-winning career in television writing and producing in the early 90s. hecreated the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-award-winning “The Bernie Mac Show,” which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series in 2002, and co-created the animated show “The PJs” with Eddie Murphy.

He has also written for shows such as “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.” He was a consulting producer on NBC’s “The Office,” and appeared in a few episodes.

Most recently, Wilmore served as executive producer/showrunner for the launch of ABC’s hit comedy “Black-ish,” but bowed out for “The Nightly Show.”

The inaugural guests on Monday were Senator Cory BookerTalib Kweli and comedian Bill Burr. Other scheduled “Nightly Show” panelists for the month of January include John Leguizamo, Jon LovettSoledad O’BrienDavid RemnickFrank RichIlyasah ShabazzMatt Taibbi, and Baratunde Thurston.

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

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