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15 real things the fake 'Stephen Colbert' has done


It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to The Colbert Report this Thursday—mostly because it’ll mean saying goodbye to “Stephen Colbert,” the ruthlessly ignorant, hilariously pompous, utterly indelible faux conservative pundit that the real Stephen Colbert has been playing on late-night TV for over a decade (if you count the Daily Show years). “Colbert” isn’t a great creation just because of all the jokes he’s told and the absurdities he’s exposed via satire—he’s also a character for the ages because of the many ways he’s had an impact on the real world.

What kind of impact? Start with these 15 actual things accomplished by a fake man—and know that they’re just the tip of the iceberg. READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin calls Sony hack 'worse by magnitudes' than leak of celeb nudes

In Aaron Sorkin’s latest argument for why the press shouldn’t publish material gleaned from the Sony hack, the writer argued that the hack is “worse by magnitudes” than the leak of nude photos of female celebrities earlier this year. READ FULL STORY

Pundits on C-SPAN receive a surprise call on air... from their mother


There’s few things kids are more embarrassed by more frequently than their parents, but rarely is that embarrassment on a nationally televised level.


Jimmy Fallon, Oprah Winfrey star in a soap opera (with vocal effects)

Many people don’t remember this, but back in the ’80s, Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Winfrey starred in a soap opera together. The two played a husband and wife on Midnight Meadows, which was almost as popular as Days of Our Lives.

To refresh everyone’s memory, Fallon played a clip from the ’80s hit when Winfrey stopped by the Tonight Show. Apparently, it wasn’t just a soap opera, but rather a soap opera with vocal effects.


The year late-night got it right... and dodged another meltdown

Was it really as simple as getting rid of Jay Leno?

For the longest time, late-night television was a battlefield. Beginning with Johnny Carson’s retirement in 1992—which set up the Leno/Letterman divide that would define the landscape for two decades—and best epitomized by the disastrous 2009 Tonight Show handover and subsequent takeback from Conan O’Brien, late-night has always been a bloody zero-sum conflict that inflated every minor change to the equation into a major tectonic shift.

NBC so bungled the Leno/O’Brien transition that when rumors began to emerge in early 2013 that the last-place network was planning to push top-rated Leno out for good and hand the keys to the Tonight Show to the younger, cooler Jimmy Fallon, another fiasco seemed inevitable. While the whispers grew, Leno fanned the flames on his show, making jokes about being knifed in the back by NBC execs. No one thought he would go quietly, and his critics, late-night rivals, and the other networks waited gleefully for another wave of schadenfreude. READ FULL STORY

Firsts & Worsts: Megan Mullally on creepy headshots and the worst show she's ever been in

Megan Mullally has been treading the Broadway boards these days in the hit revival of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, about the opening night shenanigans of a new Broadway show. The role is a welcome stage return for Mullally, who appeared on Broadway in Grease and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying long before she ever waxed Karen on Will & Grace.

She’s the latest star to drop by EW’s studio for our Firsts & Worsts series, which dives into Broadway stars’ theater pasts—because deep down, we’re all brimming with community theater horror stories, right?

Watch Mullally revisit her own firsts and worsts, including her bizarre headshot experience, the worst show she made her parents sit through, and the unconventional singing advice that didn’t exactly pan out.

Michael Buble talks about 'sucking up' to Miss Piggy for his Christmas special

For Michael Bublé’s fourth annual Christmas special (airing Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. PT/ET), the singer garnered a triumvirate of musical coups: Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, and Miss Piggy herself.


Netflix sets 'Friends,' 'Mean Girls,' 'Bruce Almighty' for January releases

Netflix is ringing in 2015 with a few beloved films, new seasons of television, and the entire run of Friends, just to ensure the year gets off to a completely unproductive start.


'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Martin Freeman joins the fellowship of Studio 8H

For a guy who’s the star of a billion-dollar franchise, Martin Freeman isn’t exactly Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt—though he did get a laugh out of jokingly referring to himself as the “funny George Clooney.” But the unassuming Brit who plays the clever Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit is not to be underestimated—especially as a first-time host on Saturday Night Live. The original lovelorn Office drone in Ricky Gervais’ groundbreaking series delivered one of the best episodes of the season, working at a Middle-earth paper company, marrying a WNBA superstar, and chilling with his British chums, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman.

Even though he’s not as big a star as some of this year’s other hosts, he’s an immediate threat in our ongoing Mr. Saturday Night poll, which is still waiting for a dominating performance to take control of the race. Cameron Diaz debuted in first place after her episode, but one week later, she was eliminated. James Franco now sits atop the pack, but he scored only marginally higher than Diaz had. Might Freeman shake up the standings again?


Amal Clooney named Barbara Walters' most fascinating person of 2014

Barbara Walters named Amal Clooney née Alamuddin, who married George Clooney this year, the most fascinating person of 2014. “You could say hers was the wedding of the year, but let’s put it into perspective, it was really one of the greatest achievements in human history,” Walters saidREAD FULL STORY

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