Larry Wilmore made his late night debut with The Nightly Show, the new post-Daily Show program that replaces The Colbert Report. He kicked things off by riffing on race, "The Oscars nominations are out and they’re so white a grand jury has decided not to indict them. Oprah marched in Selma this weekend and she has a dream that Selma shall overcome The Wedding Ringer at the box office. Yeah we talk Selma, Ferguson and Eric Garner—it’s Comedy Central’s worst nightmare. Brother finally gets a show on late night TV!"—Uh, sorry, Arsenio—"But of course he’s gotta work on Martin Luther King Day. Let’s do this!”

Sitting behind a large table, he then joked how excited he was to have the gig, "There's so much to talk about. Especially if I had this show a year ago. All the good bad race stuff happened already. Seriously, there's nothing left—we're done."

Later in the program, Wilmore shifted to the main format of the show: A panel of guests discussing topics. Variety, which liked the opening "monologue," wrote, "Wilmore’s maiden quartet featured Sen. Cory Booker, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, comic Bill Burr and Shenaz Treasury, billed as a regular contributor. But there was no continuity to the conversation, which amounted to Wilmore lobbing disjointed questions at his guests in the first segment, and switching to a kind of lightning round in the second. Granted, the demands of a comedy show - keeping the exchange lively and funny - should be clear. But incorporating that many people seems like a mistake, and thinning the herd might be the easiest fix the program can engineer if the opening-night experience is repeated." However, Matt Zoller Seitz writes at Vulture:

Although the show's opening segment wasn't bad, it felt like it came from obligation (to Comedy Central and Daily Show fans) rather than passion. Wilmore was looser and altogether more engaging with Burr, Kweli, and Treasury, posing sharp, provocative questions and finishing off with a truth-but-no-dare game, "Keep It 100" (as in 100 percent real): Wilmore rewarded guests that the audience applauded for speaking truthfully with "Keep It 100" stickers, and lobbed "Weak tea" at those who hedged. (Booker, a hedger by nature, ended the show with a lap full of tea.) I wouldn't mind seeing Wilmore dispense with the headline segment altogether and dive right into the panel segments, provided his staff can keep booking the right mix of informed, lively, complementary guests, and maybe cut a product placement deal with Lipton.

Seems like tonight Wilmore will discuss Bill Cosby:

*Note: The show was originally titled The Minority Report but had to change the name because Steven Spielberg).