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‘We’re Not Going Away’: The Definitive Oral History of How Stephen Colbert Spent 15 Months Shooting ‘Late Show’ Virtually

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Cynthia Littleton Business EditorThe tales are starting to be told. Every topical daily television show produced during the height of the coronavirus clampdown has emerged with stories of on-air experimentation, on-the-fly innovations, near misses and Hail Marys that rival the TV pioneer legends of Caesar, Berle, Gleason and Ball, et al.CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” is no exception.

As the staff of late-night’s most-watched talk variety show reunited in June after 15 months of virtual production, key players gave Variety rare behind-the-scenes access to tapings and production activity at the Ed Sullivan Theater. “Late Show” showrunner/executive producer Chris Licht, executive producer Tom Purcell, and co-executive producers.

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