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Stephen Colbert offers to fund, name South Carolina Republican primary; party says no thanks

24 December 2011 12:57 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Stephen Colbert apparently won't have a hand in the Republican presidential primary in his home state of South Carolina. But it's not for lack of trying.

Colbert wrote an op-ed piece for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., detailing his efforts to fund the state's Gop primary, which takes place Jan. 21. Earlier this year, the state Republican party and counties had a dispute over who should pay for the election, with the counties saying the party reneged on a promise to pick up the tab.

Enter Colbert and his super Pac fund-raising organization, which he references frequently on "The Colbert Report" but which is very real and operates the same way other super PACs do.

"I called up the South Carolina Gop and said, 'How much cash would you have to raise to keep your promise to counties? Off the record; I'll never tell a soul,'" he writes. »

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Stephen Colbert Speaks Out On Offer to Fund Gop South Carolina Primary

23 December 2011 5:34 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Comedian Stephen Colbert has penned an essay on his efforts to subsidize the Gop’s South Carolina primary. The host of the TV show “The Colbert Report,” who has formed a money-raising Super Pac, wrote an editorial for the South Carolina publication the State in which he says that he was willing to put up $400,000 for primary naming rights and for the inclusion of a referendum asking voters of the state whether “Corporations are people.” Colbert says his offer to »

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Stephen Colbert Offers $500,000 for Naming Rights of South Carolina Gop Presidential Primary Ballot

22 December 2011 5:30 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

There's no joking around when it comes to Stephen Colbert. Ok, clearly that's not true, but The Colbert Report host seems to be pretty serious about helping close the funding gap for South Carolina's first-in-the-South Gop presidential primary by putting in $500,000! Now that's serious. However, there's a catch: The comedian wants the ballot renamed to "The Colbert Super Pac South Carolina Republican Primary." So was there really a deal in place? Each side seems to have a different opinion. Colbert wrote in a guest column for South Carolina's the State, "The Gop agreed to everything." But state Gop executive director Matt Moore told The »

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Sos Staff List: The Best TV of 2011

19 December 2011 6:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For the first time ever, we polled the entire Sos staff on their favorite TV of the last 12 months. We knew that, given the fact that our contributors are (principally) spread out across Canada, the Us, and Britain, that the results might well be a mixed bag. What we didn’t necessarily expect was the level of consensus surrounding the upper quartile of the list. There was a clear groundswell of support for our collective #1, but competition was fierce for the spots just behind it. Here are the 20 best TV shows of 2011, according to the staff as a whole; stay tuned for The Televerse’s year-end wrap-up, in which Kate Kulzick and Simon Howell discuss their respecive favorites – and least favorites – in greater detail.

20. The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race continues to be arguably the classiest, most reliably entertaining show the genre has yet to produce. It probably helps that »

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Morning Meme: "SNL" Gets a Heavenly Visit, Chris Colfer and Lea Michele Stun On "Wwhl" and Betty White's Birthday Spectacular

19 December 2011 4:23 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died Saturday morning. It is expected to send shock waves throughout the world as no plan for succession has been announced publicly, though his son has been mentioned as a possible successor.

Students in New York who were suspended over "Tebowing" in the hall during class changes are protesting their suspension. The school board says it has nothing to do with religious freedom (and the students admit it was more about the football than praying), but having students incite 40 people to drop to one knee in crowded hallways disrupts class changes and creates fire hazards. Cell phone video seems to support the administration.

Deadline seems to think GLAAD is getting worked up over nothing with the protest of Work It. It's just a guys-in-dresses comedy in the British tradition. This is of course not taking into account the advertising with men in dresses at urinals, »

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Stephen Colbert aims firepower at grinches -- Video

16 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert took on those who would dare call a Christmas tree a holiday tree, department stores who’ve done away with gift wrapping (the visual approximation of one spokesperson is classic), and Santas who feel compelled to tell children on their laps that he and the Mrs. can’t afford an iPad. After nearly breaking down sharing a painful childhood memory, he announced one bit of good news on the “Christmas war front” — the Scottsdale Gun Club is letting parents and their children pose with Santa and the weapons of their choice. Cue »

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No Trump, no problem: Stephen Colbert re-offers to hold Republican debate

14 December 2011 1:38 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

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Now that Donald Trump has stepped down from moderating a Republican presidential debate later this month, who will fill the celebrity-moderator void?

Stephen Colbert, that's who.

On Tuesday's (Dec. 13) "Colbert Report," Colbert re-announced his South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate, to be held on a date to be determined in January. He says he's doing it to "honor the memory of Trump mattering."

"It's now going to be bigger than ever with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich free from the debate with Trump," Colbert says. "... I'm delighted about Newt. Less delighted about Santorum -- but still, solid delight across the board."

The debate was going to be on Animal Planet, Colbert adds, but now NatGeo has become a contender. Either way, the debate will take place at a zoo. »

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Gop debate moderators: The Donald out, Stephen Colbert still very much in

14 December 2011 6:58 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Much like Herman Cain dropping out of the presidential race, the news that Donald Trump will no longer be moderating his own Gop debate in Iowa is tremendously disappointing (to the world of comedy). Of course, no one may have been more let down than The Donald The Trump’s Bff Stephen Colbert, who announced his own South Carolina Seriously, Classy Debate (Sometime in January) last week.

But rather than scold his bestie for his decision to drop out, citing the possibility of Trump’s own “candidacy for president of the United States as an Independent” (“This would be hugely »

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Stephen Colbert: If ‘Anchor Baby’ Is An Offensive Term, Then What About ‘Grappling Baby’?

13 December 2011 7:09 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

On Monday night's edition of The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert tackled the decidedly liberal agenda behind the American Heritage Dictionary's revision of its definition for the term "Anchor Baby." Prompted by a complaint from The Immigration Policy Center, the dictionary revised its definition to include a line stating that the phrase is "offensive" and "used as a disparaging term." Colbert, thus, dedicated a wag of the finger to the "lexicowards" behind the revision. »

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'The Colbert Report': Samuel L. Jackson Defines His Race As 'Movie Star'

13 December 2011 3:47 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

In their first meeting, Samuel L. Jackson was fascinated by Stephen Colbert's insistence that he simply does not see color. On "The Colbert Report" (Weeknights, 11:30Pm Et on Comedy Central), Colbert kept asking him if he was a black man, before ultimately deciding that he could respect it if Jackson didn't want to tell him.

"I'm not black, white or anything. I'm a--" After a moment's thought, Jackson finished his thought. "Movie star."

Colbert had earlier said that he doesn't define by race because he doesn't want the convenience of an ethnically based superiority complex. But "movie star" is a group he wouldn't mind belonging to.

"I try and act like it's not a big deal," Jackson smiled. "But it's a pretty big f****** deal!" »

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Ows occupies 'Law & Order: Svu' episode. Where's Benson and Stabler when you need them?

9 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

While a large majority of Occupy Wall Street protesters don’t seem to take issue with celebrity support, visits, or participation in the movement, filming at their expense might be another thing entirely.

According to the New York Times, the filming of an episode of Law & Order: Svu was interrupted early Friday morning when more than 100 Ows protesters took over the downtown Manhattan Foley Square set, which was transformed to look like the camps in Zuccotti Park, the home base of the Ows movement, for an upcoming episode. (Can’t you just picture the scenario in which L&O: Svu »

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Parodies of Rick Perry's controversial campaign ad are going strong

9 December 2011 7:52 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

You’ve almost made it too easy, Rick Perry.

In a controversial new campaign ad, the Texas governor, clad in a tan coat — which George Takei wonderfully pointed out on Twitter was almost the same one Heath Ledger wore in Brokeback Mountain (oops!) — complains that “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” The “not ashamed” Christian then promises that he’ll “end Obama’s war on religion.” 

The prime-for-the-picking pro-Christmas, anti-gay/Obama/logic political commercial — which Stephen Colbert masterfully skewered »

- Aly Semigran

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No Joke! Stephen Colbert Loses Bid to Sponsor South Carolina Republican Primary

8 December 2011 8:44 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Stephen Colbert just can't catch a break. In the political arena, that is. The Colbert Report funnyman, whose attempt to run for president in 2007 proved unsuccessful when his bid to get on the South Carolina democratic primary ballot was denied, has once again been rejected. But he wasn't trying to seek the highest office in the land this time around. Rather, the satirist was hoping to sponsor the upcoming Republican primary in South Carolina. According to the Huffington Post, Colbert met recently with Gop officials from the state and offered more than $100,000 to do so. On one condition: The contest had to be titled "The Colbert Nation Super Pac Presidential »

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Stephen Colbert Challenges Trump Republican Debate with Serious Debate & Marriage Proposal

8 December 2011 5:33 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Stephen Colbert is making a “serious” return back into the world of politics. On his political satire news show The Colbert Report, he challenged Donald Trump’s Gop debate with a debate of his own. “The Gop wants a serious debate, they deserve it. Bar none they’re the best party in the world — that includes space.” In Julius Caesar fashion, Colbert delivered “Antony” speech that praised Trump and then buried him. In the segment below, Colbert jokes about Mitt Romney turning down Trump’s debate offer. “I think these candidates are making a mistake not turning up for Trump, but I get why they’re hesitant. The guys a clown — only with more makeup.” Colbert proceeded to call Trump “a child wearing man pants”, comparing his show to Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. “He looks like a gin soaked raisin fell into a nuclear reactor.” Colbert then announced “Stephen...

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'Game of Thrones,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Idol' score Producers Guild TV nominations

7 December 2011 5:07 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Tyrion Lannister, Don Draper, Alicia Florrick, Dexter Morgan and Nucky Thompson will battle it out for the title of best-produced drama on television.

The Producers Guild of America has announced the TV series nominees for its 23rd annual awards, and while the characters listed above won't personally fight for the honor, their shows will. "Game of Thrones," "Mad Men," "The Good Wife," "Dexter" and "Boardwalk Empire" are this year's nominees; "Mad Men" is the defending champ.

In the episodic comedy category, last year's winner, "Modern Family," is up for the award again. The other nominees are "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee" and "Parks and Recreation."

If you notice a lack of new series among the nominees, it's because the eligibility window for series ran from June 1, 2010 to May 31 of this year. That also explains why "Mad Men," which hasn't aired this year, is on the list, but "Breaking Bad, »

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'Breaking Bad', 'Modern Family', 'Boardwalk Empire' in WGA nominations

7 December 2011 3:42 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This year's nominees for the Writers Guild of America Awards for TV series have been announced. Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire will go head to head with Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Homeland in the 'Best Drama' category. Game of Thrones will also face competition from The Killing, Episodes, New Girl and Homeland for 'Best New Series'. Recognised for 'Best Comedy Series' are 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, along with Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louis and Modern Family. Meanwhile, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live will face off against The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Conan (more) »

- By Jennifer Still

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Writers Guild Awards Announce Their Nominees: Television, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation

7 December 2011 2:18 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2011 season. The winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Television Nominees

Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter; HBO

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO

The Good Wife, Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Meredith Averill, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Karen Hall, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Steve Lichtman, Matthew Montoya, Julia Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, »

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Watch The Black Keys On The Colbert Report

7 December 2011 1:56 PM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

The Colbert Report is fast becoming one of the go-to stops for big bands making the late-night run and The Black Keys are the latest entry to the series. After having a predictably funny interview with Stephen Colbert, The Black Keys rock out "Lonely Boy" and "Gold On The Ceiling", two tracks from their recently released album, El Camino. Fortunately, they are more comfortable on stage than they are answering questions. »

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Producers Guild of America Nominees Include Game of Thrones, Glee and More

7 December 2011 12:25 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Producers Guild of America has come out with the nominees for its 23rd annual awards ceremony. The event will take place on January 21 and the follows shows are up for hardware...

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Dexter (Showtime)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

The Good Wife (CBS)

Mad Men (AMC)

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:

30 Rock (NBC)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Glee (Fox)

Modern Family (ABC)

Parks and Recreation (NBC)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment &Talk Television:

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated)

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

The 64th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:

The Amazing Race (CBS)

American Idol (Fox)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Award »

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'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland' and 'Modern Family' lead WGA Award nominations

7 December 2011 11:34 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

It was yet another good year for cable TV as the dramas "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" secured three nominations each for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards. On the comedy side, the networks fared well. ABC's "Modern Family" led that charge with three nominations.

The WGA announced these nominations Wednesday (Dec. 7) as well as those up for consideration in television, news, radio, promotional writing and graphic animation nominees. The WGA Awards are slated for Feb. 9, 2012.

"Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" were cited in both the best drama category as well as best episode of a drama show.

"30 Rock" and "Modern Family" both received noms for best comedy and best comedy episode.

On the new series side, the nominees were "Episodes," "Homeland," "Game of Thrones," "The Killing," and "New Girl."

Following is a full list of the TV show nominations.

Drama Series

"Boardwalk Empire" - HBO

"Breaking Bad" - AMC »

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