I love the show, and really like the first segments where Wilmore addresses the issues of the day. I think the panel is a far less strong part - just because as others have said, we don't really get to go very deep due to time constraints and often the panelists don't seem to have much chemistry. I would love it if there was an established panel with good chemistry that we saw regularly and got to know or if the panel portion was longer (though I wouldn't want to miss any of Wilmore's monologues which are brilliant and one of my favorite parts of TDS).
That said, this review made me think twice about the panel:
As host of The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore is the only non-white man on late night. And he has the potential to be the most important voice on television; not simply because of his personal background, but because of his emphasis on multiplicity. The show’s true value, should it get the opportunity to grow into itself, is its commitment to dialogue. The Nightly Show is structured around single-topic episodes—in its first week, it covered Selma and the state of the Black protest, Bill Cosby’s rape accusations, Obama’s second term, and the normalization of relations with Cuba—but it addresses the social and cultural climate of America by focusing on the many ways any issue can be approached.http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... k-man.html
One of Wilmore’s most important and praiseworthy attributes is his implicit acknowledgment that “minority issues” are really just American issues, and that they deserve to be treated as such. Through a nightly panel segment comprised of actors, comedians, and journalists, Wilmore avoids the common host trope of filtering the world solely though his own worldview; instead, he allows a diverse group of guests to explain their own identities and perspectives. At the show’s core is a commitment to the idea of purposeful conversation, rather than the moral superiority that comes with being right.
I love the show though, and its already the first thing I watch, before TDS, and that is saying something. SO happy he got his own show! I love that Jon Stewart has been so instrumental in launching great comedians into the arena, and I hope that Jessica Williams is the next to get her own series!