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Watch: Stephen Colbert Immortalized With Star-Studded Finale

19 December 2014 8:48 AM, PST | 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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‘The Colbert Report’ By the Numbers

18 December 2014 11:29 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert takes his final bow on “The Colbert Report” tonight with the 1,477th episode of the Comedy Central show that made him a star.

Colbert made his debut as the bombastic conservative commentator on Oct. 17, 2005, after eight years as a correspondent and writer on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Comedy Central will fill his slot with “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” beginning Jan. 19.

The Colbert Report” has grabbed an Emmy nom for best variety series every year since its debut. Colbert and Co. took home the trophy in 2013 and again this year, ending “The Daily Show’s” 10-year winning streak. Colbert is widely admired by other comedians for keeping the parody of cable news talk shows from growing stale even after nine years.

Next year, Colbert is moving up the dial to succeed David Letterman as host of CBS’ “The Late Show.” Here’s a by-the-numbers look »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jeri Ryan Joins “Helix,” Lifetime Plans the End of “Drop Dead Diva” and Dwayne Johnson Goes to HBO

14 February 2014 5:03 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Once Upon a Time has cast a Glinda for its Wizard of Oz story arc. TVLine reports that Sunny Mabrey has been picked to play the Good Witch.

Lifetime has announced that Drop Dead Diva will end with the upcoming sixth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I just hope another show quickly steps in to fill the upcoming Brooke Elliott shortage on TV.

Dave Holmes sings the praises of Brit soap Coronation Street, though a lot of his praise highlights the ways UK soaps trump their U.S. counterparts.

EW reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to appear on Shameless as Fiona‘s new boss. Judging from Morgan’s roles on Weeds, Supernatural and Watchmen, I’m already starting a deathwatch for his character.

Seth Meyers promises that Stefon will eventually appear on Late Night, saying that Bill Hader wants to bring his Saturday Night Live character to Meyer’s show eventually. »

- Lyle Masaki

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