The every day present with Trevor Noah makes use of Multiplatform Blitz for election night time
Are you looking for a few laughs to accompany your existential fear of the 2020 election results? There is a show for that – and it is broadcast on six channels at the same time.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will go live tonight at 11pm. ET on Comedy Central for special election night coverage that is part of the show's longstanding election coverage, Votegasm 2020. The late-night staple will also broadcast its hour-long live episode over six other ViacomCBS-owned cable networks: MTV, MTV2, VH1, BET, BET Her and Pop TV. The full episode will also be broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
The episode will feature interviews with actor Don Cheadle and writer Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, who will weigh election results across the country. Even so, Tuesday night election results may not be finalized as an above-average mail-in vote coupled with a high turnout is likely to delay results in many key states as election officials try to process their votes.
The move to go live reflects Comedy Central's longstanding tradition of going live with The Late Show on a presidential day evening. The show has been going live since 2000 to respond to the results in real time. The 2016 special was also broadcast on several Viacom networks simultaneously: MTV, VH1, TV Land, MTV2 and Spike (now Paramount Network). This time it will of course be different: The Daily Show will be broadcast from a distance.
Host Trevor Noah and other performers on the show, including special correspondent Jordan Klepper, are given another opportunity to pin President Donald Trump, which the show has done several times, both on the air and in advertisements for the talk show. And it will give some viewers a break from the anticipated flood of coverage by the television news network about the election results and any developments during the evening.
But The Daily Show isn't the only late night show to go live after Election Day – and it isn't even the only late night show on ViacomCBS that airs live. In Showtime, CBS presenter Stephen Colbert will report on the election results on Stephen Colbert's 2020 election night: The Final Fight of Democracy: Make America Great Again 2020 Better. This show, also starting at 11 p.m., is a replay of Colbert's memorable coverage of the unexpected results of the 2016 election.