Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ to Air Live After Presidential, VP Debates

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Last Updated: August 10, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

“The Late Show” will return to its recent bread and butter, broadcasting three live shows following the presidential and vice presidential debates this fall.

Stephen Colbert‘s next live episodes are set for Monday, Sept. 26 (after the first presidential debate), Tuesday, Oct. 4 (following the vice presidential debate) and Wednesday, Oct. 19 (after the third presidential debate).

Guest lineups for those shows will be unveiled when they are finalized. The announcement came Wednesday during CBS’ turn at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

Colbert’s live broadcasts during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions generated his show’s two biggest viral clips to-date, thanks to Jon Stewart‘s guest appearance and Laura Benanti’s impersonation of Melania Trump. The shows also landed strong TV ratings for the struggling program.

“The Late Show,” a production of The Late Show Inc., is executive produced by Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell and Stewart.

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