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The Big Bang Theory is heading for “another” wedding as Season 10 opens, paving the way for Katey Sagal to debut as Penny’s mother. Yet this is not the first time the Golden Globe winner has been eyed for a role on the CBS hitcom.
Comic-con 2016 Exclusive Videos, Casting News, Scoop and More
Speaking with Michael Ausiello at TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by Zte, exec producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady shared that Sagal’s name had come up earlier in the series’ run, to serve a different purpose. But all along, the actress told the show, “She is »
Jon Stewart took time out of retirement to visit Stephen Colbert, who graciously yielded his desk to the former “Daily Show” star. Stewart showed his old form, lambasting Donald Trump and Fox Newies like Sean Hannity. Fox News commentators like Hannity proved to be easy targets because of the fawning coverage and hypocritical pronouncements. ...Read MoreJon Stewart Has Last Word on Donald Trump, Fox Talking Heads (watch!) was first posted on July 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm.
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- Keith Girard
Those missing Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this election season were in for a treat on Thursday night, when the 53-year-old comedian appeared on pal Stephen Colbert's Late Show for an epic takedown of Donald Trump's supporters. Reflecting on the commentary offered during the week's four-day Republican National Convention, Stewart attacked conservative pundits, saying that "those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive - those fighting to keep those people out are." "The Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America. They articulated it throughout the convention," he joked. »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
The Big 3’s coverage of Donald Trump‘s nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention totaled 12.3 million total viewers and a cumulative 2.6 demo rating (per finals), up 23 percent from Night 3.
Versus Mitt Romney’s closing night speech in 2012, the Rnc’s broadcast numbers were up sharply, though CBS aired Big Brother that evening instead.
Night 4 totals, with cable viewership folded in, will be updated later this evening.
Elsewhere in the Thursday ratings….
Fox | Bones (3.7 mil »
Fans of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" were given a treat last night. Especially if they're favorite iteration of the show was when Jon Stewart was its host. The former host, who's largely been away from the limelight since leaving his "Daily Show" desk, literally popped up during a live telecast of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," and then he was given an entire segment in what felt like an overdo pop culture moment: Stewart Responds To The Rise of Donald Trump.
And what prompted this celebratory moment? For years, Stewart and Colbert have railed against Fox News and their CEO Roger Ailes. Well, amidst a sex scandal, Ailes has suddenly resigned from Fox and it looks like the two political satirists simply had to have a "Ding Dong The Wicked Witch Is Dead!" moment together.
You can view the entire segment below. It includes several nods to Stewart's "Daily Show" run, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Jon Stewart took over “The Late Show” desk on Thursday night after Donald Trump’s speech to do what he does best: blast Fox News. The former “Daily Show” host started out his monologue by taking aim at the network and personality Sean Hannity — whom he affectionately refers to as “Lumpy” — for embracing a Republican presidential candidate “who clearly embodies all of the things that they have, for years, said that they have hated about Barack Obama.” Insults hurled at Obama over the years on Fox News have included “raging narcissist who has no grip on reality,” “most inexperienced nominee. »
- Greg Gilman
Jon Stewart took over the live post-rnc Late Show to unleash his pent-up wrath at Donald Trump, Fox News and the divisive message they're sending America. "I'm not an expert on racial unity but I do believe some of our more vaunted historical leaders in that area did retweet white supremacists less than Trump," Stewart said.
Stephen Colbert on Thursday (or early Friday morning depending on your time zone) yielded his show to Jon Stewart. The former Daily Show host took to the Late Show desk (with a clip-on tie!) to weigh in on what he called the hypocrisy of Sean Hannity’s support for Donald Trump after years of chastising President Barack Obama.
“It’s been a while,” Stewart noted, before tearing into the Fox News personality — whom he referred to only as “Lumpy” — for years of referring to Obama as a “thin-skinned narcissist with no »
Jon Stewart addressed the nation Thursday night in one of his first political TV appearances since retiring from the “Daily Show” last year.
Joining his former colleague Stephen Colbert on CBS’ “Late Show,” Stewart reacted to Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention in a live segment that echoed his days behind the “Daily Show” desk.
He focused his attention to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity — who he dubbed “Lumpy” — for his hypocrisy in attacking President Obama for the same behavior and attributes that Trump now exhibits (“a thin-skinned narcissist with no government experience”).
“I’m sure it’s easy for people without ethics or principles to embrace someone who embodies everything they said they hated about the previous president for the past eight years,” said Stewart.
After he drops an expletive in describing Lumpy and his Fox News cohorts, Colbert pops up behind the desk to remind him they’re live. “I »
- Variety Staff
“I know words. I have the best words,” Donald J. Trump so famously said on the campaign trail late last year.
On Thursday, the businessman-turned-reality-star-turned-presidential-candidate put his nouns and verbs and adjectives to the test on the closing night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
In a speech that pushed Law and Order harder than NBC’s promo department in the mid-2000s, Trump also tried to impress upon voters the idea of his honesty in relation to his rival Hillary Clinton (without once resorting to his »
“We’re excited to have Paget Brewster back for multiple episodes in our 12th season,” showrunner Erica Messer announced Thursday at the “CBS Favorites” San Diego Comic-Con panel. “The Bau can use more help this year since they’ve got a lot of known and unknown subjects to catch.”
Brewster, who became available when Fox chose not to renew Grandfathered, »
Fox News‘ parent company 21st Century Fox announced on Thursday that Roger Ailes has resigned from his post, with 21st Century Fox’s executive chairman Rupert Murdoch taking over as chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Rumors had been swirling for weeks that, in the wake of Gretchen Carlson’s sexual-harassment lawsuit against the exec, he was on his way out. Reports that Megyn Kelly had told 21st Century Fox’s independent investigators that, years ago, »
Roger Ailes has officially stepped down from Fox News Channel, according to a statement from 21st Century Fox, the cable-news network’s corporate parent. His resignation comes after a series of sexual-harassment allegations had been leveled against him, and brings to a sudden end an era at a TV network that has become hugely influential in political circles and the daily news cycle.
Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of the parent company, will take over supervision of the network and its sibling, the Fox Business Network, as its chairman and interim chief executive, the company said. Ailes is expected to be available to Murdoch as an advisor, according to a person familiar with the situation. The executive also stands to receive the salary he was due under his last contract, which was to have expired in 2018 and paid him approximately $20 million a year.
Fox News’ parent, 21st Century Fox, had earlier this month started an internal review into »
- Brian Steinberg
Acclaimed photographer Edward Keating offers inside look at the events in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention Cleveland police officers observe a protest outside the Quicken Loans Arena. Melania Trump addresses convention on Monday, the first night, at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. Conservative radio and TV host Sean Hannity on Monday, first night of the convention at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie listens to speaker at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night. Trump hospitality table, Westin Hotel, Cleveland Senator Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump’s VP selection, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, greet each other on »
- Edward Keating
Fox News boss Roger Ailes remains at the network for now, according to his bosses. The longtime chief of the No. 1 cable news network has been beset by rumors about his imminent departure since former host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him on July 6. The parent company, 21st Century Fox, began an internal investigation. Midday Tuesday, multiple news outlets reported that Ailes had been officially ousted. Also Read: Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity May Leave Fox News if Roger Ailes Departs But a spokeswoman for parent company Fox said that was not the case. “Roger is at work, »
- Scott Collins
Roger Ailes, who transformed Fox News Channel from a start-up into one of the nation’s most influential news organizations in under two decades, is said to be in negotiations to leave the 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet in the wake of a bevy of sexual-harassment allegations leveled at him, according to a person familiar with the situation.
In a statement, 21st Century Fox said Ailes remained an employee. “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement,” the company said in a statement released on Twitter.
Susan Estrich, an attorney for Ailes, echoed that statement in an interview. When asked if Ailes was negotiating his departure with 21st Century Fox, she said, “There are a lot of ideas floating around, but no final decision has been made by anybody.” When asked if Ailes wanted to stay at Fox News, she »
- Brian Steinberg
Fox News Channel’s No. 1 primetime lineup could be in jeopardy if network boss Roger Ailes gets booted. Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren all might exit the network if parent company 21st Century Fox gets rid of Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former host Gretchen Carlson, according to a person familiar with the situation. The three hosts have all spoken out publicly in defense of Ailes, who has been under internal investigation since shortly after the Carlson suit was filed. New York magazine reports that Ailes has until August 1 to step. »
- Brian Flood
Rupert Murdoch has over the years grappled with many formidable challenges at his companies, like the decline of “American Idol” at Fox, or a phone-hacking scandal in London that forced the shuttering of his newspaper News of the World. Now he must solve a problem with considerable stakes: How will Fox News Channel operate if the man who built it is no longer there?
Fox News Channel is believed to be the most profitable asset in Murdoch’s wide-ranging empire, which also includes the Fox broadcast network and the massive Sky satellite service. People who know the executive say he believes nothing is more important to his legacy than Fox News, which has grown into the nation’s most-watched cable-news outlet after fighting for its launch in 1996.
- Brian Steinberg
Former Miss Alabama 1993 Kalyn Chapman James got grilled for her controversial comments about the Dallas sniper by Sean Hannity Tuesday on his Fox News Channel show. Hannity immediately went on the offensive, kicking off the interview with, “You obviously don’t value human life, do you?” James denied the allegation and elaborated on both her controversial Facebook Live video — in which she called Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson a “martyr” — and her “conflicted” emotions at the time. James said she “absolutely” feels “so sad” for the slain police officers now, and has even interacted with one of their wives via the same. »
- Tony Maglio
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, in an interview published Tuesday, offered a rebuttal to her former colleagues who have publicly defended Roger Ailes, the network chief she claims repeatedly sexually harassed her over several years: “They’re still being paid by Fox.”
Carlson made the statement to the New York Times as part of an interview that was her first with a major media outlet since she filed a lawsuit July 6 alleging sexual harassment from Ailes. Since then, Greta Van Susteren, Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Maria Bartiromo, Geraldo Rivera, Bret Baier and other current and former Fox News staffers have come to Ailes’ defense publicly.
In the interview, Carlson claims that she first complained to Ailes of being harassed at Fox News in 2009, after an incident in which her “Fox and Friends” morning-show co-host Steve Doocy allegedly pulled her arm down while they were on air in an attempt to “quiet” her. She »
- Daniel Holloway
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