Friday, April 4, 2014

Betting odds on replacing David Letterman

There are lots of things that fascinate me, but two things near the top of the list are gambling and late night television.

Yesterday's news that David Letterman will be retiring in 2015 has sparked debate as to who CBS will tap to replace him on the "Late Show" with odds that accompany said replacement.

Here's a look at some of those odds, per the Las Vegas Bovada;

Stephen Colbert 3:1

-My pick to replace Letterman, and I think he'd take it. Bigger audience, out of Jon Stewart's shadow, and with a few tweaks, his "Colbert Report" schtick could translate.

Craig Ferguson 7:2

-The "logical" pick, perhaps, as it would simply be a promotion from his "Late Late Show" within the same network. I just don't think he has enough pull to bring in consistent viewers.

Chelsea Handler 5:1

-Maybe too raunchy for non-cable? Although it'd be entertaining as hell.

Conan O'Brien 6:1

-Certainly has the experience, and he worships at the altar of Letterman. Would be interesting, considering all that transpired with NBC.

Jon Stewart 7:1

-He'd be good, but I think he loves skewering people too much to give up his massively successful cable show.

Jerry Seinfeld 9:1

-One of the best comedians ever, and I think he'd be a natural. I'm not sure he wants that daily grind though.

Chris Rock 15:1

-He's gotta be looking to get back into the spotlight, no?

Howard Stern 40:1

-A phenomenal viewer, but how would he have to censor himself for national TV?

Jay Leno 50:1

-Not going to happen.

Other names that I've heard that are interesting: Ellen Degeneres, Aisha Tyler, Amy Poehler, John Oliver, Tina Fey, Louis CK and Neil Patrick Harris. NPH is especially intriguing given his likability, youth and history with CBS (HIMYM), but I'd really like to see Tina Fey or Amy Poehler considered too. Lots of options (potentially) here for CBS.

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