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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (September 9, CBS)
How do you replace one legendary late night funny man who made his series a classic? You hire another legendary late night funny man who made his own series a classic. In May, after 20-plus years on the air, David Letterman retired as host of The Late Show, but hopes are high for the hilarious former host of The Colbert Report as he steps out of character and into another late-night institution. Colbert already has us cracking up with his promos, so we’ll definitely be tuning in.
The Emmys (September 20, Fox)
Hosted By Andy Samberg
This is not the year to skip the Emmys. With a young, buzzy comedian hosting, you're all but guaranteed energy and at least a couple of solid jokes and gags. After grabbing two Golden Globes, will Transparent take home an Emmy? Will Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm finally, finally get the TV Academy love their Mad Men performances deserve? And remember, if you're not watching, you miss your opportunity to tweet your real-time joy and rage at the wins and snubs.
Fashionably Late With Rachel Zoe (September 24, Lifetime)
She’s baaack. Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe is making her talk-show debut, bringing viewers a weekly breakdown of what’s happening in the world of fashion, beauty, and pop culture. She’s got an impressive client list, so we’re crossing our fingers for celebrity cameos (come on, J Lawr!). She described her show in The Zoe Report as, “Basically like the most glamorous cocktail party with the chicest guests ever,” so get ready.
The Amazing Race (September 25, CBS)
There are few shows that can boast 27 seasons of TV gold, but The Amazing Race somehow keeps on going strong. This time, eleven teams made up of paparazzi, newlyweds, athletes, and news anchors strap on their backpacks and step into their most comfortable shoes for another race around the globe for a million bucks.
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (September 28, Comedy Central)
Anyone tasked with replacing Jon Stewart would have their work cut out for them, but Trevor Noah is going into the job with Daily Show fans feeling apprehensive. If you’ll recall, back in March, the Twitterverse dug up some ugly (and by that we mean sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic) tweets from the up-and-coming comedy star. But the uproar seems to have quieted and Noah has the support of Stewart. So we’re keeping an open mind.