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CNN’s Mike Rowe took to his website over the weekend to rip MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for what he deemed a ridiculous criticism she heaved at a guest who used the phrase “hard worker.” Harris-Perry admonished a guest who referred to new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan as a “hard worker,” quibbling that it can be too easily equated with slavery. “There is no longer a limit to what people can be offended by,” Rowe wrote in response to a fan’s question. Also Read: MSNBC Host Makes Fun of Mitt Romney's Black Grandson Harris-Perry had told her guest, »
- Jordan Chariton
On Oct. 15, executives from Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 TV stations around the country gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a day of workshops, seminars and insights from guest speakers on the biggest money-making opportunity for many local TV stations over the next 12 months: political advertising.
Television’s quadrennial gold rush is on, and promises to be fiercer and richer than ever. A perfect storm of conditions is driving a leap in TV spending that is projected to hit $4.4 billion for the 2016 election cycle, encompassing federal and state races, up from $3.8 billion in 2012, according to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group. This political spending surge has helped drive the burst of mergers and acquisitions activity among TV station owners during the past three years.
With billions of dollars up for grabs over a short period of time, broadcasters like Tribune and others are intensifying their sales efforts, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Safe to say the Romney household doesn't have "Roar" on repeat. Mitt Romney's son Matt took to Twitter on Friday to re-post two side-by-side shots of Katy Perry literally wearing her support for Barack Obama, as she's sporting two skin-tight dresses that applaud the current President of the United States. Perry wore the politically-themed dresses back in 2012 during a Las Vegas and then later a Milwaukee rally for Potus, but it's Matt's caption that is raising some eyebrows. "Now I know why my dad lost," the father of four wrote alongside the pics. The tweet comes amid Perry showing her support for Hillary Clinton. Mitt »
Despite being fired from The Apprentice in June, Donald Trump found himself back on NBC Friday night as the Republican presidential frontrunner and current Rolling Stone cover star visited Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a pair of interviews: A long chat on Fallon's couch as well as a sketch where Trump conducted a Q&A with his own reflection, played by Jimmy Fallon. "The only one qualified to interview me is me," Fallon, as Trump, said.
The Gop candidate took part in Fallon’s mirror sketch, which found the host (dressed as Trump) quizzing his reflection (the actual Trump) in preparation for that evening’s appearance on the NBC chatfest.
Topics of discussion included job creation (“I’m just gonna do it,” Real Trump proclaimed), diplomacy (via a giant Jenga game with Mexico?) and the viability of Celebrity Apprentice grad Gary Busey as vice »
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?
When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.
All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is »
Between the conclusion of “The Colbert Report” last year and his “Late Show” debut, Stephen Colbert has been keeping himself in the public’s attention with a steady stream of teasers and promos. The new version of the CBS late night talk show will debut with a supersized episode on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 11:35 p.m. It will run until 12:44 a.m. George Clooney and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will appear as guests. From a Donald Trump parody to a surprise Mitt Romney cameo, TheWrap has rounded up five of the former “Colbert Report” host’s best promos below: Also read: 5 of. »
- Reid Nakamura
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Last Friday, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" posted its most disliked video ever -- making fun of YouTube gamers who watch other people playing video games. Here's the video. It ended up with more than 55,000 thumbs down on YouTube. Commenters wanted Jimmy to die, get AIDS, get cancer. They threatened his wife and daughter. And they say the PC crowd is too sensitive -- don't dare take on the fanboys! On second thought, please do dare.
Demi Lovato and Roseanne Barr were both on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and Jimmy brought back one of the show's classic games, "Name That Famous Celebrity." Demi and Roseanne were blindfolded and Jimmy's friend Yehya described photos of celebrities, »
- Gina Carbone
The much-anticipated first episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is just around the corner. You know you can at least expect George Clooney and Kendrick Lamar — but who else? CBS wants to put your high-stress curiosity needs at ease and has announced the full lineup for Colbert's premiere week; thankfully, it's a healthy mix of representatives from the realms of politics, music, film, TV, comedy, books, business, and science. (So we'll probably learn something and have fun, and how great is that?) No word yet whether Mitt Romney will get his pancakes or not, but you'll at least get to see ScarJo, Amy Schumer, and Toby Keith, among others. That's good, right? Right!Here's the roster: September 8 George Clooney Jeb Bush Performance: Jon Batiste and Stay Human (plus "special guests") September 9 Scarlett Johansson Elon Musk Interview/performance: Kendrick Lamar September 10 Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Performance: Toby »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. "Sesame Street" became the big newsmaker on Thursday morning when it was announced that Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind the series, had struck a deal with HBO that will see the next five seasons of the iconic children's TV program airing exclusively on the premium cabler (including its "multiplex channels" HBO Go, HBO On Demand and the new internet-only Svod service HBO Now) for a nine-month window before airing in reruns on public-access PBS stations, where it has made its first-run home since 1969. The upside? PBS stations will now be able to air the show for free, and -- according to HBO and Sesame Workshop -- the deal will additionally allow the latter to "produce almost twice as much »
- Chris Eggertsen
Stephen Colbert is baaack! CBS just dropped some new promos for Colbert's latest gig, taking over "The Late Show" for David Letterman. In one of the funny new clips, the comedian promises that the "Late Show" will be full of "fascinating conversations" with celebs, athletes, musicians and politicians -- there's even a cameo from former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "Wow, you do a great Mitt Romney," Colbert says to the real-life politician. "I am Mitt Romney," he replies. "That's it, stay in character," Stephen jokes. We can't wait to see Stephen -- who left Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" last year -- take over for Letterman on the "Late Show." What do you think about the TV star's new promo? Sound off below and make sure to check out "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" when it premieres Sept. 8 on CBS! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Stephen Colbert recruited Mitt Romney for a new “Late Show” promo that aired Sunday during CBS’ “60 Minutes,” along with two other short TV spots for the network’s revamped version of “The Late Show.” “I’ll talk about the news, tell jokes and have fascinating conversations with celebrities, athletes, musicians and, of course, politicians,” he said before stumbling upon the former presidential candidate who is hungry for pancakes. Colbert previously hosted Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” on which he played a die-hard conservative. Romney secured the Republican party’s presidential nomination before losing to democrat Barack Obama in the 2012 general election. »
- Kathy Zerbib
Stephen Colbert, we have missed you so. The premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is just over a month away, and now we finally have some promos! The spots are short and sweet, but so very Colbert-ish that they feel just right. One even includes an appearance from former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, because that was something that had apparently been missing from our lives. Colbert also pulls out a card trick or two, a backpack, and the trapper keeper that all the kids will be clamoring for this back-to-school season. Watch the promos above and below! These promos aren't the first bits of promotion the show has released so »
Stephen Colbert takes over as The Late Show host on September 8th, and he's released a trio of promo clips to hype the new CBS era. "I'll talk about the news, tell jokes and have fascinating conversations with celebrities, athletes, musicians and, of course, politicians," he says in the first video, which pans to reveal a man who looks exactly like Mitt Romney. Colbert tells the former presidential hopeful that he does a "great Mitt Romney" – that's because it's actually him. "Where are my pancakes?" the politician demands. "I was told there'd be pancakes. »
David Letterman is irreplaceable, but Stephen Colbert is filling his shoes, and desk, as host of "The Late Show" starting September 8. CBS just started airing new "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" promos, with three brief spots appearing over the weekend.
Here are the new promos, including one with the real Mitt Romney and his pancake promise disappointment:
That was not the card we were thinking of, but totally agree that that's a sweet Trapper Keeper.
It'll be interesting to see how the late night world looks after this latest shift. There have already been a lot of changes this year. Craig Ferguson left "The Late Late Show" and James Corden stepped in, with his very Jimmy Fallon-like games and viral videos. David Letterman retired and now Stephen Colbert is ready to debut. And Jon Stewart is getting ready to leave on August 6, with Trevor Noah poised to take his »
- Gina Carbone
As the premiere of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” fast approaches, CBS has offered another glimpse at Colbert’s new hosting gig with three new promos, released Sunday.
In one, Colbert begins giving a preview of the new “Late Show,” promising “fascinating conversations” with celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians. In fact, someone who looks eerily like former presidential candidate Mitt Romney (because he is Mitt Romney) appears.
“Wow, you do a great Mitt Romney,” Colbert compliments.
After Romney informs him that he is, in fact, Romney, Colbert replies: “That’s it. Stay in character.”
In another, Colbert has fun with both magic and math, and show off his Charlie Rose trapper keeper in another.
Watch all three “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” promos below. »
- Alex Stedman
With just five weeks to go until Stephen Colbert makes his debut as the new Late Show host, CBS on Sunday night debuted a trio of teasers for the talker.
RelatedDavid Letterman Weighs In on Colbert Pick, Says He Wasn’t Asked For Input
In the first promo, Colbert astounds and amazes (2 percent of, me included) us with a card trick. In another, he shows how he is ready to go “back to school,” complete with a Trapper Keeper plastered with the face of his newsman “dreamboat.”
And in the last spot, Mitt Romney puts in a cameo — whether Colbert believes it or not. »
Can you imagine hanging out with funny ladies Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer? Well, that's a reality for the women who spent time with the two stars at the beach this week. On Thursday, Amy took to social media to share a couple pictures of the pair's day out. In one, she and Jennifer are riding on a WaveRunner, and she called J Law a "#maniac." (Flashback to the time Amy got so excited when Jennifer said her name, nominating her for The Bachelorette!) In another photo, they're all smiles alongside some friends, and Amy jokingly made a Mitt Romney reference with her caption: "Binders of women." Keep reading to see more pictures of the pair hanging out together, then check out why we love Amy Schumer, plus hilarious pictures of Jennifer Lawrence being a fangirl. »
Just one day after South Carolina governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law banning the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds, the flag was removed from the State House on Friday morning. The contentious Civil War symbol was taken down by a group of honor guards from the South Carolina highway patrol in front of hundreds of citizens, both for and against the movement. They folded it and delivered it into the hands of a museum director. The flag was carried by Confederate troops from 1861 to 1865 and has flown at the state capitol for 54 years. It has been at the center of an emotional debate since the massacre of nine people at a Charleston church in June; many Charleston residents lobbied for the flag to be taken down from the Capitol building - it is widely considered a symbol of slavery and racism, while others praise it as a representation of Southern heritage and pride. »
Mmmm … golden waves of hair! The Simpsons has never shied away from making political jokes, whether it was Mr. Burns endorsing Mitt Romney or vote fixing in Springfield. The latest target is none other than presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his famous head of hair. In a new teaser for the long-running comedy’s 27th season, Homer gets paid to stump for the business mogul, and before he knows it, is drawn into The Donald’s flowing tresses. “Oh, it’s so wispy! It’s a gravity-defying combover,” the Simpson [...] »
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