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‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’ renewed by Comedy Central

Larry Wilmore

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Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” who wondered if the series could survive with the departure of Jon Stewart from its lead-in program, “The Daily Show,” need not worry anymore.

The network announced earlier this week that host Larry Wilmore and the gang will be back for a second season as they have renewed the show to run through the end of 2016.

The renewal of the program will keep Wilmore in place to provide more of his refreshing commentary on an array of topics including culture, gender, politics, and race that filled the void for late night viewers looking to escape the sometimes mundane world of the network late-night programs.

Along with executive producer Rory Albanese, head writer Robin Thede, and contributors Mike Yard, Jordan Carlos, and Ricky Velez, Wilmore has created a platform for intelligent and funny discussions on current events with an undertone of seriousness that makes viewers laugh and think simultaneously. From the recent uprising in Baltimore in the wake of the Freddie Gray case to the Bill Cosby sex scandal, and now the GOP Presidential race, “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” has consistently raised the bar for the not quite news program genre.

Though suffering a bit of a ratings slip in the wake of Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show”, “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” will remain in its current slot when Trevor Noah takes over as host of “The Daily Show” on Sept. 28.

“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” airs on Comedy Central, Monday through Friday at 11:30 p.m. est.