After Midnight Season 2 Is a Go at CBS

The best-dressed host in late (late) night isn’t going anywhere. Taylor Tomlinson and After Midnight are coming back for a second season. 

On Tuesday, CBS announced that the series, which is executive produced by Stephen Colbert (it follows The Late Show) has been renewed through the 2024-25 TV season. 

“Taylor is a gifted comedian who brings a unique voice, energy, and plenty of rizz to late night,” said CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach—who then added: “I learned rizz is a real word thanks to the show.” (It’s the little things.)

Although ratings for the show are lower overall than CBS saw with the much-higher budgeted James Corden’s The Late Late Show, After Midnight has been a solid ratings performer in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. In Q1 2024, it outperformed both Late Night with Seth Meyers and Nightline among viewers in the demo. 

After Midnight began life as a comedy panel show that in the past played out more like a game show than a traditional talk show (it’s based on Comedy Central’s @midnight, which ran from 2013 to 2017 with Chris Hardwick hosting). In late May, Tomlinson and her team tweaked that format to add a monologue and give the show more of a comedy club feel.

The host welcomes comedians, actors, and other funny people who participate in games like “Who’s Your Zaddy?” and #HashtagWars, which are centered around trending topics in social media and pop culture. 

In a recent Reddit AMA, Tomlinson shared that while some of the show is improvised, they also have an “amazing writers room full of hilarious comedians who help prep all of the panelists so they go into the show with great jokes prepared.”

“We’re excited for more of her daily smart takes about the dumbest things on the Internet,” said Reisenbach. Which we assume is a compliment.

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