When Stephen Colbert takes over CBS’ Late Show next year, he joins a grand tradition of innovative comedians hosting talk shows, a tradition that stretches back from Steve Allen and Ernie Kovacs through Johnny Carson and Colbert’s predecessor, David Letterman. But Colbert will also become part
"Hosting Late Show isn’t what made David Letterman a revered figure in comedy, and it won’t be for Colbert. Letterman became a legend by reinventing the form as the original host of NBC’s Late Night.”
Yes, AV Club, but does that mean no one can do so again? I’d like to see an episode or two of Late Show with Stephen Colbert before I decide it’s just like every other show.