CBS Renews Fan-Favorite Late-Night Comedy Series For Season 2

By Douglas Helm | Updated

Taylor Tomlinson’s After Midnight is coming back for another season. The series launched in January on CBS and now the network has renewed it for the 2024/2025 season. The series is hosted by comedian Taylor Tomlinson and features a panel of three celebrity guests who compete in various segments related to pop culture and social media.

A Late Show For The TikTok Generation

After Midnight’s celebrity guests typically include comedians or comedic actors who get points from Tomlinson based on responses and punch lines to the various segments on the show. Some popular segments include Group Chat, For the Win, The Talk Show portion, Hashtag Wars, and more.

The winner of the episode typically receives a gag prize that includes things like Taylor’s father’s approval, a Ziploc bag of ranch dressing, boxer shorts signed by Tom Brady, a coupon for a massage from Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, a trip to Loomis, Nebraska, and other hilarious items.

Famous Comedians And Actors Willing To Have Fun

The player who lands in last place must deal with a punishment, such as giving an apology speech. Guests appearing on the show include Wayne Brady, Whitney Cummings, Paul F. Tompkins, Ron Funches, Gillian Jacobs, Pete Holmes, Drew Carey, Weird Al Yankovic, Dan Levy, Natasha Leggero, and many more. The second season of After Midnight will undoubtedly have plenty of new and returning guests to bring the laughs.

Backed By Stephen Colbert

After Midnight is executive produced by Stephen Colbert via Spartina Productions, Henry R Munoz III of Funny or Die, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert executive producer Tom Purcell. Jack Martin, who is also an executive producer, along with Carrie Byalick, who is president of Spartina. Evelyn McGee Colbert, Colbert’s wife, also executive produces along with Colbert’s manager, James Dixon, via Dixon Talent.

Joe Farrell, Mike Farah, and Whitney Hodack also executive produce After Midnight, along with Jason U Nadler via Serious Business, who was a co-creator of @midnight, the original version of the series that ran from 2013 to 2017 on Comedy Central. Jo Firestone serves as head writer on the series, and Sharon Everitt is directing. CBS Studios, Spartina, and Funny or Die produce.

A Hit With Critics, Fans, And Especially Social Media

After Midnight was met with largely positive reviews upon its debut season, so it’s no surprise CBS is bringing it back for another round. The second season of After Midnight also means Tomlinson will continue to be the only woman currently hosting a late-night show. Tomlinson originally took the gig with the caveat that the filming schedule would line up so that she could continue to do stand-up gigs on the weekend.

Tomlinson’s Big Year

Tomlinson’s successful turn as host on After Midnight has continued her streak of recent successes, with the comedian releasing her most recent Netflix special, Have it All, at the beginning of the year. And Tomlinson’s caveat of making time for weekend gigs makes sense, considering she was in the top 10 grossing comic tour lists of 2023 and performed more shows than anyone else on the list with a whopping 130 for the year.

While her gig on After Midnight might mean there will be fewer shows this year, Tomlinson certainly seems like she’s staying busy. You can stream the first season of the show on Pluto TV. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when the second season will hit screens.