TV Review: ‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’

January 20, 2015 8:04 AM

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TV Review: ‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’

Stephen Colbert left some sizable shoes to fill, and “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” – having lost the right to use its much better name, “The Minority Report” – showed promise, while also displaying unwieldy elements that will likely require some fine-tuning. Mixing “The Daily Show’s” opening with the panel format of Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Wilmore exhibited a quickness and light touch about sensitive topics, yet struggled to bring much coherence or flow to the overpopulated discussion that took up most of the premiere. The unknowns, at this point, outnumber the knowns, making an unqualified tip of the hat premature.

An accomplished writer and often hilarious as “The Daily Show’s” “black correspondent,” Wilmore slid right into the opening segment with a series of clever jokes, many directed at the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, which were, he said, “so white, a grand jury has decided not to ...

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