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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 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
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 Tuesday 6/26/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien video chat over Trump's bashing of late-night hosts
Colbert's Late Show and Fallon's Tonight Show jointly produced a cold open tonight featuring them commiserating with Conan over video chat in response to President Trump's bashing of late-night hosts on Monday night at a South Carolina rally. “The guy on CBS, what a lowlife," Trump said. "I mean, honestly, are these people funny? I can laugh at myself” He also called Jimmy Kimmel "terrible" and Fallon a "lost soul." The cold open will kick off the Tuesday editions of The Tonight Show and The Late Show. (Conan is on hiatus this week.) In the video, Fallon tells Colbert Trump called them “no-talent, lowlife, lost souls,” Colbert objects: “That’s not right… that’s Conan!” That's when Conan joins the video chat.
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 Thursday 6/14/18 at 4:48AM EDT
Stephen Colbert lets Michael Avenatti and Anthony Scaramucci preview their potential TV show
The President Trump antagonist and the former Trump communications director made their debut on The Late Show Wednesday night, one month after The New York Times reported that a show starring the duo was being pitched to CNN and MSNBC. Their Colbert appearance was "sort of Natti & The Mooch Show backdoor pilot," as Deadline put it. But the friends demurred when asked if they were actually auditioning for a show, with Avenatti joking that any show starring them would be "the male version of Thelma and Louise." According to Marlow Stern, their act -- which included testing potential catchphrases like “Are we gonna whine or are we gonna talk?” -- bombed. "That Avenatti and Scaramucci, supposed ideological foes—one of whom is currently representing a woman suing the president, who considers the other a close confidant—are pitching a talk show together feels craven and wrong, and lends credence to charges of self-promotion," says Stern, adding: "Colbert’s bullshi*t detector must have been unplugged, because the late-night host appeared more than fine with having his show be exploited by the two aspiring TV stars. He poured them glasses of rosé, as if it were the fourth hour of the Today show, and lobbed them (mostly) softball questions."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Stephen Colbert will bring together Michael Avenatti and Anthony Scaramucci next week
The anti-Trump Stormy Daniels attorney and the pro-Trump former White House communications director will visit The Late Show on Wednesday, in a preview of reported proposal for their own cable news show.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
NBC's Today scolds Bill Clinton for making "false allegations" in his interview with Stephen Colbert
Today released the full uncut 22-minute interview Craig Melvin conducted with the former president following Clinton's Tuesday interview on The Late Show. Melvin said this morning that Clinton “appeared to suggest NBC News took his words out of context.” Clinton said to Colbert, “What surprised me was the flat-out assertion that I’d never apologized. That’s what I got mad about, not being asked about it.” To which Melvin responded this morning, "In fact the exchange began with the question: ‘Did you ever apologize to her?’" Savannah Guthrie agreed with Melvin, saying: “You did not assert he never apologized, you asked whether he had apologized.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Stephen Colbert offers Bill Clinton a "do-over" on the Monica Lewinsky question
“I notice you did not enjoy that entire interview," Colbert said of the former president's heated Today interview that aired on Monday morning, in which he was asked if he apologized to Lewinsky. “I want you to enjoy this one, but I do want to ask you something: Would you like a do-over on that answer? Do you understand why some people thought it was a tone-deaf response?” Clinton, who appeared to be much more prepared this time, responded: "When I saw the interview, I thought that, because they had to distill it, it looked like I was saying I didn’t apologize, and I had no intention to. And I was mad at me – not for the first time.” He added: "Here is what I want to say: It wasn’t my finest hour ... But, the important thing is, that it was very painful thing that happened 20 years ago. And I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family and the American people. I meant it then, I mean it now."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Will Stephen Colbert ask Bill Clinton about Monica Lewinsky and the #MeToo movement?
The former president, in promoting his The President is Missing novel he co-authored with James Patterson, has already made headlines when asked about his 1998 scandal by CBS Sunday Morning and NBC's Today. As Buzzfeed points out, there will likely be more #MeToo questions. Clinton is scheduled to appear on Colbert's Late Show on Tuesday, where the question about Lewinsky and the #MeToo movement might be broached. (Colbert hasn't been afraid to discuss sexual misconduct with past guests Ben Affleck and James Franco.) Clinton is also set to visit Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on a date yet to be announced.
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Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert show the pitfalls of using offensive language to attack the Trump presidency
A year ago, Colbert ran into controversy when he called Trump a "c*ckholster." This week, Bee labeled Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt." "Beyond the moral ickiness of getting in the mud with the trolls, when Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee use offensive language, they begin to betray their own cause," says Meghan O'Keefe. "When they deliver a monologue excoriating President Trump, their aim is to mock the President. They can do so with their command of wit, satire, and general creativity. When they go for the lazy reward found in punctuating a joke with a word so bad that standards & practices has to bleep it out, well, then they are becoming like Trump. They’re no better than the crass Commander-in-Chief that they so clearly despise. Moreover, it’s just dumb to lean on profanity to make a case, especially when the powers that be are so good at harnessing that kind of language to fire up their followers."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
David Cross "storms off" in awkward Stephen Colbert interview
Cross and Colbert, who worked together on The Dana Carvey Show, had a fight and made up in their awkward interview.