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Here’s How to Stream Stephen Colbert’s First Late Show Tonight for Free

We're as happy about this as Stephen Colbert is about puppies.


The Late Show With Stephen Colbert starts tonight, but if you’ve abandoned cable TV like everyone else (Right? Friends?), you might have been concerned that you’d have to wait for tomorrow for your Colbert fix. Worry not! You and I are in the same boat, and I (and CBS, actually) have your back.

CBS All Access, CBS’s own online streaming platform, is offering a week-long free trial for the Late Show‘s first week, which means you’ll be able to catch Stephen Colbert’s debut as his (mostly) real self live! Tonight, we will be a Colbert nation.


The Late Show’s premiere begins at 11:35pm EST with George Clooney and Jeb Bush as guests and a musical performance by Stay Human—along with Jon Batiste as Colbert’s band leader. Take a look at the rest of his guest lineup during your free week and beyond (via Chicago Tribune):

Wednesday, Sept. 9: Actress Scarlett Johansson; SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk; rapper Kendrick Lamar Thursday, Sept. 10: Vice President Joe Biden; Uber CEO Travis Kalanick; country singer Toby Keith Friday, Sept. 11: Comedian Amy Schumer; author Stephen King; Paul Simon tribute band Troubled Waters

Week 2 Monday, Sept. 14: Actress Emily Blunt; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Jack White’s rock band the Dead Weather Tuesday, Sept. 15: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal; hip-hop duo Run the Jewels with indie band TV on the Radio Wednesday, Sept. 16: Actor Kevin Spacey; actress Carol Burnett with comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer; country singer Willie Nelson Thursday, Sept. 17: Actress Naomi Watts; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Friday, Sept. 18: Actress Lupita Nyong’o; Senator Bernie Sanders; “An American in Paris” director Christopher Wheeldon with stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.

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