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‘Colbert Report’ Bows Out With Series-Best 2.5 Million Viewers

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Colbert Report” signed off on Comedy Central with series-high ratings on Thursday night, roughly doubling its recent averages.

According to Nielsen estimates, the half-hour finale of the long-running fake-news program averaged 2.48 million viewers overall and a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 — building on its “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” lead-in (2.03 million, 0.8) by more than 20% in both categories.

The only cable program to rate higher than “Colbert Report” on Thursday was an NFL game on NFL Network.

“Colbert” had been picking up steam in recent weeks, averaging 1.12 million viewers a couple of weeks ago and then 1.30 million last week. It did a 0.5 demo rating in both weeks.

A recent high-water mark came earlier this month when “Colbert” drew 1.73 million with President Obama as a guest.

Colbert will step out of his “Colbert Report” character to take over for David Letterman as host of CBS’ “Late Show” in the second half of next year. »

- Rick Kissell

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Five Burning Business Questions for the New Stephen Colbert

8 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert looked like he enjoyed his Comedy Central curtain call last night, which is good — because he’s got a hell of an encore in the wings.

Colbert, known for his spoofish portrayal of a bloviating political commentator on his “Colbert Report” for the past nine years, now must tackle an even more demanding performance. He will take the chair on CBS’ “The Late Show,” one of three be-all-to-everyone latenight programs set on the nation’s most-watched broadcast networks.

That move raises some questions. Sure, Colbert has been on other series, like “The Daily Show,” “The Dana Carvey Show,” “Strangers With Candy” and the early Comedy Central sketch-comedy effort “Exit 57,” but these were all in the satirical-comedy vein. “The Late Show” is a broad-skewing production that CBS is counting on to bring in more revenue — it will take ownership of the program, which has been the property of »

- Brian Steinberg

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Exclusive: Composer Howard Shore Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Rosewater, Maps To The Stars, Silence, and More

10 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore is among today’s most respected composers and conductors.  He’s been a frequent collaborator with David Cronenberg for 35 years and has scored nearly all his films since 1979 including 2014’s Maps to the Stars.  He’s also had a long-standing collaboration with director Martin Scorsese on films that include Gangs of New York, The Departed, The Aviator, and Hugo.  However, he is probably best known for his work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, including this year’s The Battle of the Five Armies.  Recently, he also composed the original music for director Jon Stewart’s biopic, Rosewater. In an exclusive interview, Shore spoke about his creative partnerships with Cronenberg, Jackson, Scorsese and Stewart, his unique approach to composition and orchestration, the challenges of scoring an edgy drama compared to a large scale action movie set in a complex fantasy world, »

- Sheila Roberts

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Stephen Colbert's 5 Best Moments on The Colbert Report (Videos)

11 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After nearly 10 years on the air, The Colbert Report ended its run Thursday with a star-studded farewell for its host, Stephen Colbert. (Or "Stephen Colbert," as it were.) Colbert didn't break character for a moment on the series finale. For those hoping for a heartwarming farewell speech, you were out of luck. However, his send-off was still plenty emotional. As his former boss Jon Stewart joined him onstage, the two began a rousing rendition of "We'll Meet Again," joined by James Franco, George Lucas, Bryan Cranston, Elijah Wood, Patrick Stewart, Big Bird and many, many more. Of course, Colbert, 50, is moving on to greener pastures, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Stephen Colbert's 5 Best Moments on The Colbert Report (Videos)

11 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After nearly 10 years on the air, The Colbert Report ended its run Thursday with a star-studded farewell for its host, Stephen Colbert. (Or "Stephen Colbert," as it were.) Colbert didn't break character for a moment on the series finale. For those hoping for a heartwarming farewell speech, you were out of luck. However, his send-off was still plenty emotional. As his former boss Jon Stewart joined him onstage, the two began a rousing rendition of "We'll Meet Again," joined by James Franco, George Lucas, Bryan Cranston, Elijah Wood, Patrick Stewart, Big Bird and many, many more. Of course, Colbert, 50, is moving on to greener pastures, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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‘Colbert Report’ Time Slot to be Filled by Chris Hardwick, ‘@Midnight’ for 2 Weeks

11 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Now that Stephen Colbert and “The Colbert Report” have stepped down from the 11:30 Comedy Central throne, the time slot will be given (somewhat ironically) to Chris Hardwick’s series “@Midnight.”

See photos: 14 Late Night TV Hosts Ranked by Popularity

“@Midnight,” a comedy improv show, has been airing after “The Colbert Report” since the program debuted in 2013. Starting Jan. 5, the show will follow “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” On Jan. 19, the program will return to its regular 12 a.m. Et time slot in time for the premiere of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”

Upcoming 2015 panelists on “@Midnight” include Scott Aukerman, »

- Ryan O'Connell

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Stephen Colbert Gets Fond Farewell From Hollywood on Social Media

12 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With “The Colbert Report” coming to a close on Thursday night after nine years on the air, some of the biggest names in Hollywood have been sharing their fond memories of the Comedy Central series.

See photos: 14 Late Night TV Hosts Ranked by Popularity

Host Stephen Colbert brought back a slew of former guests for his final show in an epic, star-studded singalong. Those who weren’t able to make it (and even some who did) took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to post their messages of congratulations, appreciation and sadness to see Colbert and his conservative character go.

Comedy icon Steve Martin, »

- Ryan O'Connell

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Last Night’s Colbert Report Finale Was the Perfect Sendoff to the Wacky, Beloved Show

12 hours ago | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Last night was the series finale of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, and as was to be expected, it was a can’t-miss event filled with celebrity cameos from the likes of Jon Stewart, James Franco, and even Santa Claus himself. Although Colbert began the final episode of his show discussing Syria, the “news” segment of the finale episode didn’t last very long and was quickly followed by one last edition of Cheating Death with Stephen Colbert in which the host actually killed Death himself, the Grim Reaper. It was weird, wacky, and totally insane; put simply, it was everything I loved about The Colbert Report during its run. Like The Daily Show, which airs a half-an-hour before it at 11 p.m., The Colbert Report used humor to comment on the political issues facing our country at the moment and the, most of the time, idiotic ways that cable news covers these topics. »

- Chris King

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Watch: Stephen Colbert Immortalized With Star-Studded Finale

14 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert said goodbye to the “Colbert Report” on Thursday night, but fear not — he’s been immortalized.

Colbert, who’s headed to CBS to take over David Letterman’s “Late Show,” announced that he defeated death, before being joined by his famous friends for his final number.

“I was going to say goodbye, but now that I’ll live forever, who knows,” he said, before breaking out into song.

Jon Stewart first took the stage for “We’ll Meet Again” with Randy Newman at the piano. Tom Brokaw, James Franco, Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Jeff Daniels, Neil DeGrasse TysonBob CostasArianna Huffington, George Lucas, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kareem Abdul Jabbar  and even Big Bird and Cookie Monster sang along, among others, bidding adieu to Colbert. (A full list is posted below the video.)

Colbert will take a seat on the “Late Show,” sometime in 2015 after Letterman’s final May 20 episode. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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George Lucas, Cookie Monster, and more sing final farewell to 'The Colbert Report'

14 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s the end of an era. After nine years and over 1400 episodes, the lights were dimmed on the set of “The Colbert Report” for the final time. In six months, Stephen Colbert will emerge from his cocoon as a beautiful late night talk show host, shedding his faux conservative persona in the process. Isn’t nature amazing? For his last hurrah, Colbert gathered Jon Stewart and a bevy of famous faces on the stage to sing a rendition of “We’ll Meet Again.” The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive »

- Donna Dickens

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Jon Stewart Has the Best Time Interviewing Chris Rock

15 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Last night must've been tough for Jon Stewart, what with his old friend Stephen Colbert leaving him. Good thing he got to spend The Daily Show with another old friend, Chris Rock. Rock continues the trend of Stewart's former stand-up buddies making the best guests. Rock also does God's work of finally being the one to call out Stewart for his incessant placement in the ads for Book of Mormon.  »

- Jesse David Fox

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‘Stephen Colbert’ Has Always Been Immortal. We Only Just Realized It Last Night

15 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

And now we ride the circus wheel With your dark brother wrapped in white Says it was good to be alive But now he rides a comet's flame And won't be coming back again The Earth looks better from a star That's right above from where you are He didn't mean to make you cry —Neutral Milk Hotel, "Holland, 1945" After The Colbert Report ended, after those joyously weird 30 minutes of television came to a close, I thought about what viewers expected and wanted from the show's finale. What was the fundamental question people needed answered? And the answer was immediately obvious: Who is Stephen Colbert, and who is "Stephen Colbert"? Colbert must have been aware of this, as he ended the show with a revealing 2010 outtake. Jon Stewart, having just finished The Daily Show, tosses to Colbert, who is talking through a tiny gorilla head. It's silly »

- Jesse David Fox

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See Stephen Colbert's Epic, Star-Studded Farewell Sing-Along

16 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When it was announced that Grimmy the Grim Reaper would be Stephen Colbert's final guest on The Colbert Report, fans speculated whether the future Late Show host was killing off his satirical character. Instead, Colbert's Colbert became immortal, and he closed out his nine-year Comedy Central run with a performance for the ages.

The host ended his Report with an all-star performance of Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again," featuring "We Are the World"-style appearances by an incredible cast of singers, actors, politicians and pundits. First out to »

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Watch Stephen Colbert End the Report With a Glorious Musical Number

23 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We've been preemptively mourning this moment for a while, but on Thursday night, it finally arrived: Stephen Colbert gave his last sign-off on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. The good news is he didn't have to do it alone. In a farewell to top all farewells, a classy Colbert sang Ross Parker and Hughie Charles's "We'll Meet Again," inviting Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Bryan Cranston, Patrick Stewart, Michael Stipe, James Franco, Samantha Power, Big Bird, and many, many other famous friends to stand by his side and help. Roll the clip below to catch a seemingly endless number of cameos, and then check back with Vulture tomorrow morning for a full take on Colbert's final Report. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Stephen Colbert Signs Off, And CBS Should Rest Easy

18 December 2014 10:13 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert’s stint as a Comedy Central host ended on Thursday night, and assuming that they were part of the audience, his new bosses at CBS should have gone to bed with big broad grins on their faces.

As several of his latenight contemporaries pointed out in a New York Times piece devoted to Colbert’s farewell, the fact the host was able to maintain the character — and improv through interviews every night while inhabiting it — suggests a well-spring of inventiveness and quickness that will serve him inordinately well in his new gig.

If that seems like an obvious point, it’s been lost on some of those who have wondered about how well Colbert will fare once he retires his blowhard cable-news host persona and has to be plain old Stephen Colbert.

The final episode wasn’t perfect — the weight of expectations appeared to foster throwing in some »

- Brian Lowry

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Stephen Colbert Cheats Death in Star-Studded Final Episode of ‘The Colbert Report’

18 December 2014 10:02 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After nine years on his own show, and even longer as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” Stephen Colbert finally bid farewell to his conservative pundit alter ego in the final episode of “The Colbert Report” Thursday night on Comedy Central.

“If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some terrible news,” he said. “This is in fact your last time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report.'”

It was a star-studded farewell for the long-time host when Colbert broke into a goodbye song. He was joined on-stage by many of his favorite past guests including Jon Stewart, »

- Jason Hughes

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'The Colbert Report' wraps up with an immortal, star-studded finale

18 December 2014 9:34 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Truly, it's the end of a Colbera. And what an end it was! The final episode of The Colbert Report—which began, as his shows often did, with a toss from Colbert's old boss/buddy Jon Stewart—started off slow; the faux pundit didn't even formally acknowledge that tonight's half-hour would be his last until halfway through his first segment. »

- Hillary Busis

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Stephen Colbert Signs Off ‘Colbert Report’ with Star-Packed Sing-Along

18 December 2014 9:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Many wondered if Stephen Colbert, after playing a bloviating conservative for 1,447 episodes of his “Colbert Report,” might finally break character and just speak as Stephen Colbert, human being, in Thursday’s final episode. He did not.

Spoiler Alert: Don’t read this if you don’t want to learn details about Stephen Colbert’s final “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central before you’ve seen it for yourself.

In fact, Colbert took things in the opposite direction. In the show’s middle segment, he defeated death and then declared himself immortal. After a commercial break, he warbled the Ross Parke and Hughie Charles tune “We’ll Meet Again” with a wide-ranging and random assortment of well-wishers -ranging from George Lucas to Katie Couric, to Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to Arianna Huffington to Cookie Monster – then took off in a sled to Eternity with Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek. »

- Brian Steinberg

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James Franco, Bryan Cranston Help Us Bid Adieu To Stephen Colbert and ‘The Colbert Report’

18 December 2014 9:30 PM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

-Courtney Enlow

“Folks, if this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news for you.” With a mighty leap over the word “grippest,” Stephen Colbert began his final episode of The Colbert Report.

For the first half, it was actually a very normal episode, with talk of Syria, a shout-out to the Prescott Group, and a special “The Word” devoted to Colbert’s impact on television. Oh, and he also killed Death. Shooting Grimmy the Grim Reaper, he was rendered immortal. Your standard stuff. I’m pretty sure that’s how Jack Parr went off the air.

But it wasn’t all the fantastically self-important bombast we’ve loved since 2005. For starters, the auction Colbert held for his desk and fireplace earned over $313,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. And, he thanked his audience, his “Nation,” for everything he’s done over the past nine years. »

- VH1

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Colbert Report's Final Episode: Murder, Santa Claus and So. Many. Celebrities.

18 December 2014 9:26 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Nation, “Stephen Colbert” has left the building.

The Colbert Report host on Thursday officially buried his “well-intentioned, poorly informed high-status idiot” character during the final episode of his Comedy Central show.

“If this is your first episode tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news,” he told viewers. “This is your last time watching the Colbert Report … until 10 years from now when they reboot it, directed by J.J. Abrams.”

After a quick recap of the latest Syrian shenanigans, Colbert turned to his viewers, his Nation, for a thanks-a-lot edition of The Word:

“While I’ve always reminded you to be afraid, »

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