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(USA TODAY) -- CBS announced Thursday that funnyman Stephen Colbert would replace David Letterman on the Late Show sometime next year.

Here are 10 reasons to get excited about the Comedy Central star's move to network television.

10. Colbert isn't afraid to ask the edgy questions as evidenced during his long run on the Colbert Report — unlike Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, who tends to cozy up to his guests.

9. Who's the real Stephen? We will finally get the chance to see Stephen Colbert out of character as he said in a statement released Thursday.

8. This may mean more Wonderful Pistachios commercials starring Colbert.

7. Colbert's creativity suggests that he may be open to shaking up the traditional late-night format.

6. The network late-night wars are back, with Jimmy Kimmel, Fallon and Colbert squaring off at 11:35 p.m. ET. Each host already has a core following. Will one emerge as the new late-night king?

5. Colbert will begin hosting the show as the 2016 presidential campaign is taking shape. Who better to have at the helm of a network show than a comedian that made his name through political satire?

4. Colbert has been a one-man show but late-night network programs have typically featured sidekicks and prominent band leaders. Paul Shaffer played an active role as Letterman's comedic counterpart. A new host might mean a new partner gains fame.

3. It would be amazing to see Colbert team up with friend Jon Stewart on occasion.

2. Fallon's use of social media has been key to his success. Now the Late Show has a host with a huge following — 6.2 million — on Twitter.

1. The Colbert Report only lasts for 30 minutes with commercials. But now, we'll see Colbert for an hour each night the show airs.

Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman when he retires from the 'Late Show' next year.

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