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Oprah interviews the 'real' Stephen Colbert on 'Next Chapter'

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.

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Summer TV Awards: Your nominations wanted!

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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.)

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Woody Harrelson tells Colbert he's off pot: 'I haven't had anything since this morning'

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.

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PopWatch Planner: London Week II, 'The Bourne Legacy,' and other must-see entertainment

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.

SATURDAY, AUG. 11

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.

Stephen Colbert to Lena Dunham: 'Get married before you do the sex!'

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.

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Super Tuesday: 'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' react to Mitt Romney's close call

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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'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert gains back control of his Super PAC from Jon Stewart, raises over $1 million

“The PAC is back, baby!” After regaining control of his Super PAC from the clutches of Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report host and current President of Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Stephen Colbert, announced on the Super PAC’s website that as of Tuesday morning, the Colbert Nation “has brought in a staggering $1,023,121.24.” (“My accountant explains to me that is a number far above ‘one,’ ‘two,’ ‘five,’ or even ‘many,'” Colbert noted in the statement.) READ FULL STORY

The conclusion of Maurice Sendak's brilliant appearance on 'The Colbert Report' -- VIDEO

I can only begin to imagine the difficult task that was at hand for the editing team at The Colbert Report when it came to working on the blisteringly funny two-part Maurice Sendak segment. How do you edit anything when everything the Caldecott-winning author and illustrator said to host Stephen Colbert was gold? Pure delightfully cranky, comedic gold.

Thankfully, the editors wisely chose some killer moments for the second half of Grim Colberty Tales with the Where the Wild Things Are creator, making for a most satisfying conclusion. That said, I could legitimately watch the refreshingly blunt Sendak square off with the unabashedly amused Colbert every single night on the show.
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Watch Maurice Sendak's wild, hilarious appearance on 'The Colbert Report' -- VIDEO

For so many of us, the words of Maurice Sendak were an imperative part of our childhoods. His transcendent and timeless tales, particularly the classic Where The Wild Things Are helped shape us into the adults we’ve become. Perhaps that’s why the 83-year-old author/illustrator’s appearance on Tuesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report struck such a nerve with fans whose lives he had impacted. Well, that, and it was so unbelievably, wake-the-person-next-to-you hilarious, it will live on your DVR forever.

Sendak, who sat down with future President of South Carolina (keep the faith!) Stephen Colbert for his first segment of Grim Colberty Tales, gave one of the most unflinchingly honest and painfully funny interviews in the show’s history. Not only did Sendak keep up with Colbert in a way most guests never can (then again, this is the person who created Max, so he knows how to get into the mind of a mischievous character), but he somehow made statements like “I didn’t set out to make children happy or make life better for them or easier for them” as magical as the very books he was seemingly indifferent about writing for us. (Who knew?! Also, didn’t this little piece of information from the Caldecott winner somehow make him more likeable?)
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