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How David Letterman Broke Latenight TV

18 May 2015 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With his off-kilter sensibility (Stupid Pet Tricks?) and his penchant for the oddball (what other host runs across the stage in silhouette before starting a show, or strikes up a telephone relationship with a woman who works in an office across the street?), David Letterman has left everyone who enjoys latenight television in stitches. Now, he’s about to leave them in splinters.

When Letterman signs off CBS’ “Late Show”for the last time early Thursday morning, he will deprive TV of its last direct link to Johnny Carson and an era when just one, then two, hosts could dominate the period. The arrivals of Jimmy Kimmel at ABC, then Jimmy Fallon at NBC, and, soon, Stephen Colbert at CBS have given rise to talk of a third generation of late-night talent (if Carson, not Jack Paar or Steve Allen, is to be seen as the root of this particular »

- Brian Steinberg

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Stephen Colbert Tries Out Kim Kardashian as a Late Show Character: Here He Is Balancing a Champagne Glass on His Naked Butt!

13 May 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Yes, please. Stephen Colbert, who's been largely Mia (minus his fabulous beard reveal) since The Colbert Report ended in December, was back in the spotlight today at CBS' Upfronts presentation at Carnegie Hall, taking the hot seat to talk about his upcoming plans as host of the Late Show, premiering in its new form on Sept. 8. And speaking of a hot seat... Dressed in a very "Stephen Colbert"-style suit and tie but appearing as himself, Colbert told reporters that he had been trying to find himself over the last few months via an Eat Pray Love-type journey, joking that his new hosting identity could be "as a Kardashian." Luckily, he brought photos to illustrate his point. Cue »

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The Misunderstood Genius of Amy Schumer

10 May 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In what was probably the finest work of her young career, Amy Schumer devoted the latest episode of her Comedy Central series to just one sketch that asked a provocative question: Is she attractive enough to have her own TV show?

The 33-year-old brought to life the absurdity of even deliberating such a matter in the form of a “12 Angry Men” spoof, complete with accomplished thespians including Paul Giamatti, Jeff Goldblum and Vincent Kartheiser delivering impassioned monologues about whether they had enough “reasonable chub” to deem her “bangable.”

But let’s pretend the assembled jurists had turned their attention to a different assessment of Schumer: Rather than rate her looks, should she be ranked among the best comedians working today?

It’s probably wise to resist the sexist impulse to compare Schumer strictly to other female comics; seeding her in a ranking of her peers of either gender feels wrong, »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Stephen Colbert Funds $800,000 Worth of Education Projects Using 'Colbert Report' Set

7 May 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Money from the auction of the desk and set of The Colbert Report will help thousands of school kids in comedian Stephen Colbert's native South Carolina. Colbert announced on Thursday that, along with donations from Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, $800,000 has been raised to fund every classroom project South Carolina teachers listed on the DonorsChoose.org site. DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding nonprofit where teachers list projects and donors can support them. The money will help pay for nearly 1,000 projects from more than 800 teachers at more than 375 South Carolina schools. Colbert, a native of

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- The Associated Press

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Stephen Colbert Donates $800,000 to Fund South Carolina School Projects

7 May 2015 1:08 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Stephen Colbert  may be a big shot in New York media, but his heart is still in South Carolina. The future “Late Show” host has donated a total of $800,000 to fund every teacher-requested grant project in his home state through crowdfunding website Donorschoose.org, he announced on Thursday via a live video feed from a conference in New York. “Using the proceeds of the sale of my old set on ‘The Colbert Report,’ which we auctioned off, and with the generous matching funds from The Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, DonorsChoose is going to flash-fund all 1,000 projects in South Carolina, »

- Debbie Emery

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Stephen Colbert Just Became Oprah for South Carolina Teachers

7 May 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Christmas came early for South Carolina teachers: Stephen Colbert announced today that he would fund every existing grant request made by a South Carolina public school teacher on DonorsChoose.org, in part from the money he earned from selling off swag from The Colbert Report. That works out to 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools. Colbert made the announcement in a video to students at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville. If you were wondering what Colbert's natural South Carolina accent sounded like, here it is: »

- E. Alex Jung

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With 'Nightly Show' Ratings Down 40% from 'The Colbert Report,' Remember in Late Night, Patience Is a Virtue

23 April 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

If Comedy Central hoped Larry Wilmore might stave off a post-Colbert exodus, Nielsen ratings for "The Nightly Show," as reported by Mediaite yesterday, are sure to disappoint. In the three months since his debut, Wilmore has averaged 417,000 viewers in the key 18-49 demo, a 39% slide from "The Colbert Report" in the same time period last year. But "Nightly Show" fans need not panic just yet: when it comes to late night, patience is a virtue. Wilmore's struggle to recapture Colbert's magic illustrates the format's reliance on familiarity, consistency, and audience trust. Compared to his predecessor's nine years behind "The Colbert Report" anchor desk, Wilmore's tenure is in its infancy, and as I wrote last month, it's clear that "The Nightly Show" host has not yet clearly defined his role in the uneven political and cultural debates he oversees each episode. Playing referee to comedians, actors, columnists, and reporters, Wilmore has. »

- Matt Brennan

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With 'Nightly Show' Ratings Down 40% from 'The Colbert Report,' Remember in Late Night, Patience Is a Virtue

23 April 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If Comedy Central hoped Larry Wilmore might stave off a post-Colbert exodus, Nielsen ratings for "The Nightly Show," as reported by Mediaite yesterday, are sure to disappoint. In the three months since his debut, Wilmore has averaged 417,000 viewers in the key 18-49 demo, a 39% slide from "The Colbert Report" in the same time period last year. But "Nightly Show" fans need not panic just yet: when it comes to late night, patience is a virtue. Wilmore's struggle to recapture Colbert's magic illustrates the format's reliance on familiarity, consistency, and audience trust. Compared to his predecessor's nine years behind "The Colbert Report" anchor desk, Wilmore's tenure is in its infancy, and as I wrote last month, it's clear that "The Nightly Show" host has not yet clearly defined his role in the uneven political and cultural debates he oversees each episode. Playing referee to comedians, actors, columnists, and reporters, Wilmore has. »

- Matt Brennan

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‘SNL’ Documentary Pulls Back the Curtain on Influential Show

15 April 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like many Americans, director Bao Nguyen first discovered “Saturday Night Live” by staying up past his bedtime and secretly watching the latenight television show.

As a teenager, Nguyen’s introduction came in the form of the mid-1990s cast of Adam Sandler and Chris Farley — a time of Opera Man, the Gap girls, motivational speaker Matt Foley and “The Chanukah Song.” In other words, several iterations and recurring sketches ago, but it’s a relatable initiation.

“Everyone has grown up watching ‘SNL,'” he said. “When it came out in 1975, the idea of doing a live comedy show was revolutionary. Now it’s become an institution.”

It fell to Nguyen to connect the generations of comedians who passed through Studio 8H and the impact that the show continues to have on popular and political culture with his new film, “Live From New York!” The documentary look at the show’s »

- Brent Lang

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‘Daily Show': Trevor Noah Emerges on Short List to Replace Jon Stewart (Exclusive)

27 March 2015 6:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Trevor Noah only joined “The Daily Show” as a contributor at the end of last year, but he could soon find himself serving as an integral part of the program.

Noah is gaining consideration as a potential successor to Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central mainstay’s longtime host, according to a person familiar with the matter, and if successful, could get a crack at becoming one of the more influential voices in latenight.

There is no guarantee that Noah will inherit Stewart’s seat, and no final decision has been reached, this person cautioned.  Comedy Central ‘s selection process has accelerated in recent days, this person said. And Noah, a South African comedian, has moved to a short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet.

A Comedy Central spokesman declined to comment on whether Noah was under consideration, or on efforts to identify a new host for “The Daily Show. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Tribeca ’15: Stephen Colbert to interview George Lucas

18 March 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Though Stephen Colbert has dropped his iconic “Stephen Colbert” persona, the nerd side of him we always saw on The Colbert Report isn’t an act. We’ve previously shared moments that demonstrate Colbert’s nerddom for The Lord of the Rings, but near the end of the show’s run he talked about why he’s the truly original Star Wars fan.

Now the bearded Colbert, in between hosting duties, will interview George Lucas at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Vanity Fair reported that Colbert will speak with Lucas about Star Wars and Indiana Jones as part of the Tribeca Talks series, which this year also includes Christopher Nolan, Bennett Miller, Cary Fukunaga, and Brad Bird.

Vanity Fair also pointed to a recent Lucas quote from CinemaBlend, in which Lucas stated that his ideas were not the ones used by Disney or J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: Episode VII. »

- Brian Welk

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Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson Celebrated at the National Book Critics Circle Awards

13 March 2015 5:34 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Watching Toni Morrison accept the National Book Critics Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award last night, bookended by standing ovations, wheelchair-bound but undiminished in a shimmering silver dress and jaunty grey beret, was a little like watching Bruce Springsteen perform a nostalgia gig at the Stone Pony. She’s an arena player, the only living American winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. To see her in the New School’s auditorium (elegant and spacious as it is) on the night of the Nbcc awards (influential as they are) is to be reminded that book critics are most excited not by their collective power, but by their ability to surprise — even upstage.The 84-year-old novelist began her speech with the same comic bravado she brought to a recent appearance on The Colbert Report. After the poet Rita Dove introduced her by invoking Athena and orchids (“the queen bees of the flower »

- Boris Kachka

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President Obama Reads Mean Tweets on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

12 March 2015 9:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

President Obama, appearing on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday, played along with the host in riffs on birthers, mean Tweets and Hillary Clinton’s e-mail address.

Making his first appearance on the show since he became president, Obama did a version of Kimmel’s segment where guests read mean Tweets about themselves (video below). According to a pool report, Obama said that the Tweets were not as mean as “what the Senate says about me.”

In joke about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account, Obama refused to give Kimmel her email address.

As he has done before, Obama joked about birthers, or the belief that he was born in Kenya even though the White House long ago produced a birth certificate to refute it.

When Kimmel asked Obama if he could drive, Obama responded, “I can’t drive. I mean I can, but…”

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- Ted Johnson

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Comedy Central Could Seek Jon Stewart’s Successor From Outside Its Ranks

3 March 2015 1:16 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The search for Jon Stewart’s successor appears to be intensifying.

With several obvious candidates for Stewart’s “Daily Show” seat ruling themselves out as candidates, the likelihood is growing that Comedy Central will have to give stronger consideration to an external applicant.

One contributor to “The Daily Show,” Jessica Williams, recently took to Twitter to declare herself “unqualified” for the job. Jason Jones, one of the program’s faux correspondents, recently announced he would leave the program to star in and produce a new series for Time Warner’s TBS. His wife, longtime “Daily Show” player Samantha Bee, will stay with the program but will also have a producer role on the new show.

Other people who have been cited as potential successors in social-media speculation are also out of the running: Joel McHale is currently under contract at E!, and John Oliver, a former “Daily Show” contributor, recently »

- Brian Steinberg

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A Power(less) Ranking: The Journalists in ‘House of Cards’

3 March 2015 11:35 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When it comes to House of Cards, there’s a hierarchy of power that starts with Frank Underwood and trickles down like a grand pyramid scheme. While each season has seen different players enter the mix--Jackie Sharp has proven to be the most cunning and enduring of the bunch--the people that continue to be the most powerless are those in the media.

From Zoe Barnes to Kate Baldwin, these are the sad few that continue to extract but never actually exert any power in Netflix’s hit series.

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Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer)

Reporter, The Washington Herald

Netflix

Talking about running scared, Janine was the first ditch D.C. when things got too complicated and the threat of murder was a real one. Despite being on the verge of the truth about Frank’s involvement in Rep. Peter Russo’s death, she wasn’t mentally strong enough to follow through.

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Watch: Stephen Colbert Talks Faith, Lent, Favorite Hymns and Saints

3 March 2015 5:23 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stephen Colbert is generally keeping a low profile in the news media while he prepares to take over CBS’ “The Late Show” from David Letterman in September. But he gave a video interview to the Catholic publication America Magazine that offered a glimpse into his personal faith credo.

During the long run of “The Colbert Report,” Colbert often billed himself as “America’s foremost Catholic.” He proves his bona fides in this nearly seven-minute interview with Father Jim Martin, the magazine’s editor at large. He riffs on his favorite hymns, passages from scripture and explains why the “super flawed” Peter is his favorite saint. And for good measure, he throws in a quote from Frank Herbert’s “Dune.”

Colbert is also set to don a collar to play a clergyman in an upcoming episode of “The Mindy Project,” as creator/star Mindy Kaling teased in a tweet last month. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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StreamFix: 5 Choice Leonard Nimoy Viewing Options Online Now

27 February 2015 5:48 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Television icon Leonard Nimoy died at age 83 today, but there's no questioning whether his work will live on for eternity. Spock is the thinking man's Fonz, a source of gravitas and cool wisdom whose appearances are deceiving. To celebrate, let's enjoy a Leonard Nimoy film fest that's entirely available to stream online riiiiight now. Here are some prime picks. "Star Trek II-vi" (Netflix) Something tells me you haven't indulged in Khan's wrath recently. It takes just a quick viewing of (gasp) Spock's funeral scene in the second film to make you remember how easy it is to get attached to these characters. Did you read Obama's small tribute to Spock? I was weeping in my car like Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" over that one.  "Tj Hooker" (Crackle) You do realize that Nimoy and Shatner faced off on a pair of "Tj Hooker" episodes, don't you? It's elementary to point out, »

- Louis Virtel

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‘Rolling Papers’ At SXSW: Hot (Roach) Clip Of Colorado Pot Documentary

26 February 2015 10:48 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ricardo Baca became the nation’s first national newspaper marijuana editor when he got the job running the The Denver Post's The Cannabist after pot officially became legal in Colorado on January 1, 2014. The gig got him some airtime on The Colbert Report and The View, among other outlets. Now comes Mitch Dickman’s Rolling Papers, which looks back over the first 12 months of Baca’s job spent inventing a way to cover a nascent industry for a major daily newspaper, a… »

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Stephen Colbert Lands First Post-'Report' Role on 'Mindy Project'

21 February 2015 9:58 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Stephen Colbert has locked down his first role since departing The Colbert Report last December: A guest-starring gig on The Mindy Project. With some time to kill before Colbert takes over for David Letterman on The Late Show this September, the former Comedy Central host will step into the role of Father Michael O' Donnell on comedian Mindy Kaling's Fox sitcom.

Producers wouldn't elaborate on when Colbert's guest appearance would air or how long his character's arc would last, although Variety speculates that, given his upcoming Late Show duties, »

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'The Mindy Project' Scores a Late-Night Legend!

20 February 2015 8:34 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

This may be the coolest news ever!

Stephen Colbert, former host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, isn’t sitting idly by as he prepares to take over for David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show this fall. Instead, the 50-year-old late-night veteran is heading to The Mindy Project – as a priest!

Creator and star Mindy Kaling took to Twitter to announce the news on Friday, accompanied by a photo of her and a bearded Colbert on location in a church.

Related: Chris Messina on 'Mindy Project's' Baby Surprise: 'The Show Won't Be the Same'

Coming soon to #themindyproject: Father Michael O'Donnell. @StephenAtHome pic.twitter.com/njzxjmN99G

Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 20, 2015

Colbert, who signed off The Colbert Report on Dec. 18, will play Father Michael O’Donnell on the Fox comedy.

The Mindy Project has been racking up the guest stars this season – from Lee Pace and Julia Stiles to Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and Kris Jenner, whose »

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