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Stephen Colbert headed to Showtime for live election night special

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Stephen Colbert, shown hosting “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Sept. 20, will be providing live election night coverage on Showtime.
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Stephen Colbert is taking his show (and his curse words) on the road (metaphorically) for election night. 

Colbert will provide live election night coverage on Showtime, an outlet that will allow the “Daily Show” alum to speak freely as the final hours of the 2016 election play out. David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks, made the announcement Monday morning after tipping the possibility during the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour earlier this year. 

“It’ll be all the political comedy you love from my CBS show, with all the swearing and nudity you love from Showtime,” Colbert said in a released statement. 

The hour-long special will be filmed from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, home of Colbert’s regular gig, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” 

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Along with remote segments, surprise guests and a reveal (ideally) of who won the presidency, viewers will have the opportunity to see Colbert in a more uncensored environment than he’s afforded on CBS.

While Showtime is touting the project as a landmark development, given that the series has never partnered with a cable network for the production of a live event, it’s slightly less impressive, given that CBS and Showtime are part of one big, happy corporate family.

“Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This [Mess]?” goes live on Showtime on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. PST.

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