From Brian Williams on NBC to Shep Smith on Fox, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central to Katie Couric on ABC, EW took in every corner of the election coverage on Tuesday night (and early Wednesday morning). Here are the highlights! READ FULL STORY
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It’s been three days since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, and millions are still feeling its devastating effects. Manhattan below 39th Street is still without power; portions of New Jersey are still submerged; at least 62 people lost their lives in the storm. But at least the Eastern seaboard is taking small steps toward normalcy again. Case in point: Both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report returned to the air last night, broadcasting shows that took a sobering look at the damage Sandy caused… then found tasteful ways to joke about it.
New York City-born Jon Stewart kicked off the night by posing a poignant question: “Did you ever have one of those days where everything you loved as a child was under water?” His summarizing of the storm’s effects led to a bit that juxtaposed the post-apocalyptic wasteland of lower Manhattan with the still-operational Candyland that is Times Square — a place where people were also suffering, according to correspondent John Oliver: “My Book of Mormon seats tonight — obstructed view!” See the clip for yourself:
Due to their taping schedules, Comedy Central’s fake news programs couldn’t react to Tuesday’s debates until last night. But The Daily Show and The Colbert Report made up for being a day late with sharp segments that focused on the event’s major moments — binders or no binders.
Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took a few minutes to dissect the debate’s most controversial exchange, which came when the candidates were discussing September’s attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Governor Romney alleged that President Obama took two weeks to call the incident an “act of terror,” but Obama argued that he had used that phrase in a speech given the day after the attack. Moderator Candy Crowley backed the president when he asked her to look at the transcript of his remarks — though she also said Romney was correct to say that Obama’s administration took two weeks to confirm that the attack was not the result of a spontaneous riot.
Stewart said that Obama had ushered Romney into “some weird, nitpicky semantic trap” — though the president did mention “acts of terror” the day after the attack, the label was applied indirectly. He likened the president’s actions to the Road Runner urging Wile E. Coyote to run toward an apparent doorway that’s really just “paint on a rock.” READ FULL STORY
In an instance when you really should read it for the articles, Playboy magazine’s November issue features a rare serious interview with Stephen Colbert, as opposed to “Stephen Colbert,” the political pundit caricature he plays on his satirical late night show, The Colbert Report.
It’s not often we see Stephen Colbert as the real Stephen Colbert, but he’s shaken off his character twice this month: First for Oprah, and now for Playboy.
Colbert explained to the magazine his reasoning for not staying in character for the interview: “If I’m doing a talk show or an interview like this, or pretty much anything where I can’t control the context, I’m loath to do the character. Because outside the context of the show, you have to be okay with the clang of [that character] against reality.”
In the interview, Colbert talked about his childhood love of science fiction, his visit to the set of The Hobbit, the death of his father and two brothers when he was 10 years old, and his friendship with Jon Stewart. You can check out the full interview online here, but we know you PopWatchers are busy folks what with all that pop culture consumption you have to do, so here’s a look at the highlights: READ FULL STORY
Stephen Colbert rarely breaks character. That character? Stephen Colbert.
On Comedy Central’s wildly successful The Colbert Report, Colbert, the comedian, plays a fictional version of himself, also named Stephen Colbert, an egocentric political pundit. Modeled indirectly on high profile right-wing personalities like Bill O’Reilly, Colbert’s character spews jingoistic vitriol in the name of pointed political satire. And it works. Brilliantly. The show has inspired leagues of devoted followers known as the Colbert Nation, and Colbert’s mock presidential campaign raised over a million dollars.
The real Stephen Colbert, however, couldn’t be farther from his bullheaded counterpart. Oprah invited the Daily Show alum to her home for a segment of Oprah’s Next Chapter, and the candid interview reveals a man that is antithetical to his on-screen persona: compassionate, level-headed, courteous. He is, of course, effortlessly witty – a car alarm goes off somewhere out of the shot and he quips, “That’s my ride. I asked them to lay on the horn repeatedly at four o’clock” – but his demeanor is one of aw-shucks geniality. You almost forget that this is the guy who basically called President George W. Bush an idiot, to his face, in 2006.
There are several installments in the segment, but you can watch the first one after the jump. It’s worth it to find out what kind of man is behind some of the most acerbic political commentary in television. This, as his character would say, is the truthiness.
Feeling guilty over the amount of time you’ve spent indoors watching TV since May? Here’s your vindication: Our first annual Summer TV Awards. Help us celebrate the good and call out the bad. Copy and paste the list of categories below into a comment and write in your nominations. Come back tomorrow afternoon when the official nominations are announced and the polls open!
UPDATE: The polls are now open! (And thank you for your patience with the comments not always publishing. We’re looking into it.)
And the categories are… READ FULL STORY
Here’s how you know you’re about to watch an entertaining interview from The Colbert Report: Comedy Central’s tags for it include “Woody Harrelson,” “friends,” “audience interaction,” “let’s move on,” “sexual advances,” “marijuana,” and “Jay Leno.”
Last time the Hunger Games star stopped by Colbert’s show, the host ended up shaving his guest’s head. Harrelson’s visit wasn’t quite as exciting this time around — but between casually unbuttoning his shirt to reveal the name of his new Off-Broadway play, presenting Colbert with a sweaty tee he wore while “biking over” to the show that afternoon, and facetiously announcing that he’s quit drugs (“I mean, I haven’t had anything since this morning, so it’s going extremely well”), the actor does plenty to amuse in the following clip. Congratulations, Woody Harrelson: You just may be the perfect talk show guest. See for yourself below.
The London Olympics, it must be noted, are just a little over halfway finished, and the major focus will now shift from the swimming pool to the track and field stadium and team sports. World-record holder Usain Bolt will attempt to make history today in the 100 meters, the Dream Team is still on course for gold in hoops, and the American women’s soccer team has its eyes set on an Olympic threepeat. For those of you numb from Bob Costas’ measured tones tucking you in at night, however, there are plenty of other gold-medal-caliber entertainment options this week. By plenty, I mean seven. So you may as well just succumb to the Olympic spirit, vow not to harp about NBC’s tape-delayed coverage, and try to mix in a little Full Metal Jacket Blu-ray or The Bourne Legacy in between all the U-S-A! chants. Good luck with that.
SUNDAY, AUG. 5
Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago
Olympics Primetime: Who is the World’s Fastest Man?, NBC
Lollapalooza might be the best example of Olympic counter-programming ever conceived. I doubt many folks in Chicago for the weekend festival have been obsessively following the sweaty jocks 4,000 miles away. Tonight, the festival closes with performances from Jack White, Florence + The Machine, and Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Community‘s Donald Glover), among others. You can watch a live stream online.
Sometime around 4:50 p.m. ET, Usain Bolt will defend his title as the World’s Fastest Man in the men’s 100-meter final. He coasted through his preliminary heat — winning despite nearly stumbling out of the starting block. NBC’s primetime coverage will surely celebrate his repeat gold, or the crowning of a new champion.
MONDAY, AUG. 6
Pete Seeger on The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.
Olympics Primetime: Men’s 400-meters final, NBC
I have this hope that Colbert’s sit-down with the 93-year-old folk legend will be as electric as the host’s interview last year with Maurice Sendak, who died earlier this year. (Hmm…, maybe “electric” isn’t the right word for Seeger.) But can they close with a duet of “This Land is Your Land”? Please.
American sprinter and 2008 Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt injured himself in his qualifying heat, so the 400-meter title is wide open. So far, no one’s come within a second of Michael Johnson’s 13-year-old world record.
TUESDAY, AUG. 7
Full Metal Jacket 25th Anniversary Blu-ray
Olympics Primetime: Final day of men’s and women’s gymnastics, NBC
Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam epic wowed critics with its stark portrayal of Marine boot camp and the multitude of contradictions that soldiers faced in southeast Asia. A new Blu-ray looks back, and passionate fans can dig even deeper with Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary app, which chronicles the actor’s own tour of duty with the unknowable director.
In London, hard-luck gymnast Jordyn Wieber goes for gold in the women’s floor exercise, and three other golds will be handed out during the last night of gymnastics competition.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8
Dallas season finale, TNT, 9:00 p.m.
Olympics Primetime: Women’s beach volleyball final
Tonight on Dallas!
Please let Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings make the beach volleyball final: May-Treanor has not yet thanked everyone she has ever met since she was 7 years old during her post-match heart-to-hearts with the camera!
THURSDAY, AUG. 9
Childrens Hospital season premiere, Adult Swim, 12:00 a.m.
Olympics Primetime: Women’s soccer final, NBC
As someone who’s been to a hospital once, let me say that Childrens Hospital is the best, most realistic medical docudrama on television. These doctors — heroes actually — make other, similar shows seem like a childish game of Operation.
The U.S. women’s soccer team faces Canada in the semifinals, and the winner of that game will face either France or Japan — yes, the same Japanese team that thwarted the Americans at last year’s World Cup — in the gold-medal game. It’s unlikely that NBC will tape-delay the entire game in primetime, so tune in for it live at 2:45 p.m. ET.
FRIDAY, AUG. 10
The Bourne Legacy out in theaters
Olympics Primetime: Women’s 4×100 relay and men’s 4×400 relay finals, NBC
Finally, Jeremy Renner’s got his own blockbuster vehicle. After driving shotgun in Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol and squeezing in to the back seat for The Avengers, the two-time Oscar nominee takes the wheel from Matt Damon in this unique “sideboot” of the Bourne franchise. “You think Jason Bourne was the whole story?” says a bad dude in the trailer. “There’s a lot more going on here!”
Olympic relays are high-stakes affairs, especially since American women sprinters have an infamous reputation for dropping the baton. In the men’s 4×400, medical marvel Oscar Pistorius, who lost his own legs and runs on prosthetic blades, will compete for South Africa.
Jeff Ross Roasts America, Comedy Central, 11 p.m.
Olympics Primetime: Men’s 50K walk, 4 a.m. ET
Somehow, Jeff Ross has made insulting people to their faces a noble deed. As the Roastmaster General, he produces many of the Comedy Central roasts that help pay for many celebrities’ continued addictions. On Saturday, he sets the mood for Sunday night’s ritual tar-and-feathering of Roseanne with this one-hour special documenting his cross-country tour.
On the Olympic front, I’m calling you out, posers. You think you’re an Olympic fan? But just how committed are you? Wake up early to see a stampede of skinny men wiggle for 50 kilometers as if they’re racing for the last Porta-John in London. Watch this whole race and earn the right to light the torch in Rio 2016.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12
Olympics Primetime: Closing ceremonies and men’s basketball final
Will the Spice Girls reunite for the closing ceremonies, book-ending the Games with the Beckhams? Will One Direction, Pink Floyd, Annie Lennox, The Clash, George Michael, and Russell Brand perform? Will the Queen bungee-jump from Big Ben?
More importantly on these shores, will America’s NBA stars be smiling as they take their final Olympic stadium bows? LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and the rest of the undefeated American have already been tested, nearly losing to Lithuania (population: 3.2 million). On Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ET, they’d better be playing for — and winning — gold or an entire nation will welcome its hoops squad like the city of Cleveland greeted the Miami Heat.
Conservative hawk Stephen Colbert — that is, “Stephen Colbert,” the character Colbert plays on his Comedy Central show — is concerned about Lena Dunham. When the young multi-hyphenate visited The Colbert Report last night, its host told her that the ladies on Dunham’s HBO comedy, Girls, worry him because “they just don’t seem to know, necessarily, what to do with their life.” And even when Dunham assured Colbert that that’s sort of her show’s point — exploring the time when a young person is not a girl, not yet a woman — Colbert’s anxiety didn’t subside: “You know what? I’m worried about Britney Spears too,” he said.
There’s a simple reason for Colbert’s disquiet: as Dunham revealed, his Girls counterpart would be Shoshanna, the “Juicy sweatsuit wearin’, self-help lovin’” college student who worships at the altar of Sex and the City but is still a virgin herself. (For those who haven’t seen Girls yet: Shoshanna’s a younger, more cartoonish Charlotte York.) And Colbert took the label and ran with it, asking if Dunham does “the sex” in real life, then urging her to “get married before you do the sex.” Dunham took it all in stride, proving that she can hold her own even when appearing opposite one of comedy’s biggest heavy hitters. No wonder Louis C.K. admires her.
Check out Colbert and Dunham’s conversation below — at four minutes and 35 seconds, it’s short but sweet.
Don’t put on that Victory Face just yet, Mitt Romney. As The Daily Show and The Colbert Report pointed out on Wednesday, his all-too-close win on Super Tuesday in Ohio means this thing is far from over. While that news was joyous to Colbert, who got to hit the snooze button on his Loving Mitt Romney Countdown Clock, Stewart and The Daily Show gang, who have deemed the GOP race “Endless Suffrage,” wonder if “the Republican nominee for president is being selected, at this point, by erosion.”
If you’re already as worn out by election coverage as Stewart, there’s a Leeroy Jenkins cameo that’s going to make it all worthwhile. Watch this clip and see why you’ll be PALS FOR LIFE – not just during the presidential race– with Stewart:
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