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Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Stephen Colbert had his biggest-ever spring audience
The Late Show's 3.63 million average viewership was up 5% over spring 2017. It also was way ahead of Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show (2.41 million) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2.10 million). Colbert is also getting closer to beating Fallon in the all-important 18-49 demo.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Stephen Colbert uses "Schoolhouse Rock!" to explain President Trump's "double negative" on Russia
This was the second time this week that a late-night host used kids' programming to mock the president's "woundn't"/"would" explanation for his press conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Jimmy Kimmel used Sesame Street's Grover on Tuesday.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Republican congressman: I'm a diehard Da Ali G Show fan -- and even I got duped by Sacha Baron Cohen
"They totally got me...I can't wait to see it," says 36-year-old Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who isn't upset that he is among Cohen's Who Is America? victims. In fact, Gaetz is such a fan of Da Ali G Show that he likes to copy Borat's accent and show clips to his fellow colleagues. “It’s very consistent with his model, beginning with a seemingly normal interaction and then the brilliance of his comedy is that he accelerates the awkwardness of it to some usually ironically humorous end,” he says. ALSO: Here's Stephen Colbert's take on Cohen fooling so many Republicans.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Our Cartoon President returns Sunday with an animated Trump, Putin and a "pee tape"
Stephen Colbert's Showtime animated series also has a few jokes about President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh in the Season 2 premiere.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 9:49AM EDT
Liv Tyler helps Stephen Colbert's Lord of the Rings dream come true
Tyler made her first appearance on Colbert's Late Show last night with a gift for him: the prop sword she used as Arwen. That prompted Colbert to ask if she could "indulge in a fantasy of mine," leading them to reenact the scene by the river between Arwen and Frodo.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
President Trump again used reality TV tropes to announce his U.S. Supreme Court pick
Like the Neil Gorsuch announcement in January 2017, President Trump used primetime to make his selection of Brett Kavanaugh look like a reality TV reveal. The White House even tweeted a reality-style teaser less than a half an hour before the announcement. It was as if the entire event was, as Lisa de Moraes describes it, a Survivor: SCOTUS primetime special -- one that disrupted real reality TV shows like The Bachelorette. Still, Trump's reality-style announcement didn't seem as controversial this time around. Back in January 2017, says de Moraes, "Trump’s decision to summon both men to Washington, and his primetime TV special reveal seemed to shock some TV news talking heads and Supreme Court scholars not familiar with reality-TV tropes. (A year and a half later), the same reality-TV treatment for his second pick barely raised eyebrows."
- Stephen Colbert, who taped earlier in the day, covered his mouth and used a voiceover to dub in the name "Brett Kavanaugh"
- Yes, Kavanaugh resembles Crashing's Pete Holmes
- Fox News anchor Shannon Bream canceled plans to broadcast live from U.S. Supreme Court steps due to "volatile" protests
- Report: Some White House staffers felt ex-Fox News exec/new Trump communications chief Bill Shine picked 9 p.m. to boost Sean Hannity's ratings
- The Bachelorette fans were annoyed by Trump's interruption, despite being forewarned by Chris Harrison
- Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss retweeted The Onion's take on Trump's disruption of The Bachelorette
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Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Jon Stewart takes over The Late Show to take on President Trump's immigrant family separation controversy
“Hello, Donald. It’s me, the guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter,” Stewart, a Late Show executive producer, said in briefly taking over Stephen Colbert's desk. “I know you’re upset about all the criticism you’ve been taking in the ‘fake news’ and the ‘fake late-night shows.’ It’s just that we’re still having a little trouble adjusting to your presidency as it goes into its 500th year.” The former Daily Show host said of Trump's immigrant family separation controversy, “Boy, you f*cked that up.” Stewart added: “Clearly, we’re not going to be able to negotiate or shame you into decency, but there is one place where I draw the line: I won’t allow you and your sycophants to turn your cruelty into virtue."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement was greeted by comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale
"Okay yes I love the Handmaids Tale - that doesn’t mean I want to live in it," tweeted Whitney Cummings in reaction to Kennedy's retirement news. "Handmaid's Tale season finale spoiler alert," added TV critic Hank Stuever. "For many on Wednesday, the answer (to the news) was obvious: we'll be in Gilead, the misogynistic nightmare future America of Margaret Atwood's classic The Handmaid's Tale," says Chris Taylor, pointing to the likelihood that President Trump's next Supreme Court pick will help make abortion illegal in many red states. Taylor adds: "No one, least of all (Margaret) Atwood, can pretend to predict the future. But that also means we can't pretend to know that a Gilead-like repressive patriarchal state isn't in our future, and we certainly can't call the threat over-hyped. The only thing we can reasonably do is fight like hell at every possible juncture to prevent the warning from becoming reality."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon's Trump response cold open amounted to "lowball banter"
"Just on the merits of the actual jokes, Tuesday’s cold open was a collection of low-hanging fruit—Colbert and Fallon adopting Trump’s 'lowlife' and 'lost soul' monikers (neat!), a stray, topical mention of Red Hen (timely!)," says Miles Surrey. "But beyond the lack of ingenuity, the skit itself begged the question of why the late-night hosts engage in the first place, and whether this sort of exercise is even vaguely worthwhile. Frankly, there are no winners here. The prestige and Emmys consideration Colbert seeks, the ratings boost Fallon yearns for, and the general reminder of his existence that Conan hopes to attain will never be found via a stunt like this. What it ultimately achieves—especially for a host like Colbert, who has engaged in plenty of political fervor—is a feedback loop for the hosts’ (overwhelmingly liberal) viewerships, and a distraction Trump and his base is more than happy to indulge in. The solution isn’t attempting to bridge the increasingly large gap between these two poles—or god forbid, trying to be 'civil.' Maybe there isn’t a good solution at all. But at least beacons of late-night comedy could recognize how meaningless, and most of all exhausting, this lowball banter with Trump is. And at least they could stop looking so damn excited about having a new feud to latch onto." ALSO: Colbert spearheaded the skit and tried to get Jimmy Kimmel and Samantha Bee involved, but they're off this week.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Stephen Colbert responds to Trump's "lowlife" slam with a clip of Johnny Carson mocking him
President Trump was speaking in Colbert's home state of South Carolina on Monday when he attacked late-night hosts describing The Late Show host as a "lowlife," adding that "this guy on CBS has no talent." Colbert responded: "I think he called me ‘the guy on CBS’ because he’s afraid to say my name. Yeah. This rally was in South Carolina… I am South Carolina to the core!… I am South Carolina’s second favorite celebrity right after the Confederate flag.” To prove how talented he is, Colbert did a trick contorting his face. Colbert also played more footage of Trump bashing late-night hosts, saying: "They're not like talented people. Johnny Carson was talented." To which Colbert responded by playing a 1992 Tonight Show clip of Carson making a "Donald Trump backup mistress" joke. "He really was ahead of his time," Colbert said of Carson. "That guy's funny." ALSO: Conan O'Brien says Colbert reached out to him Tuesday morning to film the video chat sketch with Fallon.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon becoming a Trump target must've felt "a bit like adding insult to injury"
The Tonight Show host has tried as much as possible to stay out of politics. But on Sunday night, as Brian Lowry notes, Fallon "discovered that in the current climate, there's a price to be paid for comedic timidity" after becoming the unlikely target of President Trump's Twitter wrath. "For Fallon, becoming the target of the president's ire feels a bit like adding insult to injury, to the extent that unlike his late-night rivals, he has fastidiously sought to continue making a light, funny show, and in the process, seen his claim to ratings supremacy dramatically diminished," says Lowry. He adds of Fallon: "From the beginning, the host has resided squarely in a zone of neutrality and providing a safe venue for his guests -- one where they feel able to participate in silly games and playful stunts that portray their lighter side. The way he dealt with Trump -- or for that matter, other politicians who have come on Tonight during his tenure -- was no different...Despite the legacy to which Fallon aspires, times have changed. And even being one of 'the good people' offers no immunity from the pressure to take a stand."
- UPDATE: Fallon zings Trump in his Tonight Show monologue: "When I saw that Trump insulted me on Twitter, I was gonna tweet back immediately, but I thought, 'I have more important things to do.' Then I thought, 'Wait – shouldn’t HE have more important things to do?'" Also, Fallon denies calling Trump after his Tonight Show appearance: "I don't know what he's talking about," he said, adding that the president hasn't helped his ratings.
- Trump ripped Fallon and other late-night hosts at a Monday night rally in South Carolina, calling Jimmy Kimmel a "lowlife" and Stephen Colbert "terrible": “He looks like a lost soul,” Trump said of Fallon. “But you know what he’s a nice guy. I agreed to do his show, and because I guess I was running at the time, he got tremendous ratings on that show. Killed everybody, right? He should be thankful. He shouldn’t be upset and angry ... A year and a half, two years later, he is now apologizing because he humanized me. And he really hurt himself.”
- If viewers truly wanted a late-night show that avoided Trump talk, Fallon would be killing it in the ratings right now
- From the Parkland shooting to transgender rights to DACA, Fallon's Tonight Show has been tackling hot-button issues in Trump political climate
- Fallon has had no choice but to let politics into his life and, subsequently, his show
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Stephen Colbert: "We are a feckless country" for taking immigrant kids from their parents at the border
The Late Show host played off of Samantha Bee's "feckless c*nt" controversy on Thursday night to blast the Trump administration's immigrant separation policy that has gathered more headlines in recent weeks. “We are a feckless… country," Colbert said. It was the separation policy that prompted Bee to call Ivanka Trump the C-word, but the Full Frontal host's comments got lost in her use of the vulgarity.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Michael Avenatti insists his Stephen Colbert appearance with Anthony Scaramucci had nothing to do with pitching a new show
"Last night was not a 'debut,'" the Stormy Daniels attorney tweeted this morning of his Late Show interview with, which was dubbed a "backdoor pilot" for a potential cable news show on MSNBC and CNN. "We were invited on the show to discuss the issues, which I enjoyed. To be clear: I have ZERO interest in my own TV show. My focus is on winning the cases at hand for my client and disclosing the truth about the cover-up to the American people."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Stephen Colbert releases "A Star Wars Trailer to Piss Off Hateful Fanboys"
The Late Show trailer reimagines Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico as the main character following reports she deleted all the photos from Instagram account following racist and sexist harassment from diehard Star Wars fans. ALSO: Watch Colbert and Patrick Wilson sing the National Anthem before a Mets game.