Articles for The Colbert Report Season 6

Sure, the Winter Olympics is in its final week, but American Idol expands to five hours for the first performance shows of the season.The Top 24 will be singing for your votes tomorrow, but the Bachelor women reunite tonight to dish about dating Jake.  This weekend, Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to make a bootylicious appearance on Saturday Night Live.For the full scoop and latest updates, check out the links below. Read more »
It‘s April, the month of taxes, tulips and ... comedy. (We were trying really hard for alliteration, but "terribly funny" just sounded lame.) You probably didn‘t know that April is also National Humor Month. In honor of this auspicious occasion, we thought it would be funny to find out which TV comedies inspire the most dedicated fans.   After some very unscientific investigation--we posed the question to our Facebook fans and here in the office--we came up with one giant list of favorite comedies. And when we say "giant list," we mean massive.  So bring on the subheads! Read more »
Happy Birthday, America! And happy Fourth of July to you, my fellow believers in America‘s most patriotic pastime: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of quality television.On a day when most would look to our political leaders for guidance and inspiration, we seek our red, white and blue-blooded wisdom from people we can really trust--fictional characters on television.So, in between lathering that hot dog with your proudly capitalist ketchup and exercising your freedom to blow up dangerous, magnificent explosives in the backyard, take some time to reflect with these 10 Most Patriotic TV Quotes: Read more »
The Creative Arts Emmy Award were handed out Saturday night and HBO‘s 10-part World War II miniseries The Pacific was the big winner, picking up seven Emmys. However, the biggest winner of all may be Neil Patrick Harris, who won two awards for his guest performance on Glee and hosting the Tony Awards. And he‘s not done, as Harris has a chance at a third Emmy this year next week where he‘s nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy for How I Met Your Mother.  Read more »
Raise your hand if you want to read some quick TV news in 300 words.Idol Judge Drama Almost OverWhat a roller coaster of a year it‘s been for Idol. From the moment Simon announced his departure, rumors of a replacement have swirled out of control. Then to add to the crazy, we found out that Kara and Ellen left Randy all alone at the judges table. This summer, Idol judge speculation became a national pastime. By now the whole judges-roulette thing has really gotten old. That is why it was nice to hear this week that JLo has officially signed on as a judge. But if the suspense over who will fill the other seat is making you ill, I have news for you. We can all put this judge‘s debacle behind us on September 22 when FOX makes their official announcement. Then we can begin tearing down FOX‘s picks. [People]  Read more »
Today Glenn Beck announced that he will be leaving his highly-rated FOX News program later this year. Beck will continue to work for FOX News and produce various pieces for the network, but his daily prime-time series will come to an end.It‘s truly a sad day in America, not because the nutty pundit won‘t be around anymore to terrify us into hoarding gold and turnip seeds in our underground bunkers, but because Glenn Beck has become a constant source of great comedy.  Read more »
A little roundup for my fellow chuckle-heads:Great news! Fox has officially renewed Bob‘s Burgers, their hilarious freshman animated series that has only gotten better over the course of its first season. Now we can all look forward to at least 13 more episodes of H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and the rest of Burgers‘ A-caliber voicecast making us laugh with their antics and burger puns. (Note to the writers for season 2: More Tina moaning, please.)  Read more »
Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen took Senator Jon Kyl to task for lying on the Senate floor, saying that "well over 90%" of Planned Parenthood‘s services are abortions, only to say later that his previous, blatantly false statement was "not intended to be a factual statement." (He‘s still playing a brilliant #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement" hashtag game at Kyl‘s expense on his Twitter account today.)While Stephen‘s segment on Kyl was so funny and sadly based in real events that I wouldn‘t blame you for rolling on the floor in laughter or tears, it was his bit about Fox and Friends‘ own misguided Planned Parenthood "facts" that had everyone -- including Stephen -- barely containing themselves. Watch (the F&F stuff starts around the 3:20 mark): Read more »
Monday night, Stephen Colbert was so on that, in a rare breaking-character moment, he literally cracked himself up -- and us too -- with his bits about Senator John Kyl and Fox and Friends‘ idiotic statements against Planned Parenthood. Watch the clip here.And he continued his crusade for truth on Twitter yesterday, starting the hashtag "#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement" as he tweeted lie after hilarious lie about John Kyl. Because hey, as Kyl said himself, you can pretty much say anything you want if you then admit it was not intended to be read as truth. (Check out HuffPo‘s picks for the best ones here, but they‘re all worth a look.) As we established yesterday, it was brilliant. And I posted my absolute favorite below, under the video, for posterity.Stephen returned last night to assess the success of his Twitter game, which caught on at an "unprece-tweeted rate of 46 per minute, which, incidentally, is the rate at which John Kyl catapults puppies into the sea." Watch:  Read more »
It doesn‘t get any guiltier than "Friday," so it‘s fitting that a Dancing with the Stars remix of the YouTube sensation would appear during Guilty Pleasures Week. Granted, it‘s debatable whether the song counts as a pleasure.Pleasurable or just guilty, "Friday" now has an "official" Dancing with the Stars remix, thanks to two of the remaining pairs (and one very special friend). Read more »
Between the death of Osama bin Laden, the President‘s press conference about it (which interrupted Donald Trump‘s Celebrity Apprentice) and this weekend‘s hilarious White House Correspondents‘ Dinner, at which both Seth Meyers and President Obama raked Donald Trump, his birther stance and his faux presidency run across the coals, last night was an all-around field day for the late night hosts, prime time and cable alike.And the boys did not disappoint, even in the moments that weren‘t about bin Laden. Will Ferrell‘s long-awaited shaving of Conan O‘Brien‘s beard, dubbed the Beardpocalypse, was arguably the funniest moment of the entire evening.If you missed out on any of the laughter and celebration, and continued mockery of Donald Trump, don‘t worry. Here are the highlights.  Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of The Colbert Report, April 28, 2011.High Five Highlights:1. Stephen is in England for the Royal Wedding. Really, he is in England. He begins the show with a smoke machine and a montage of green-screened landmarks to prove it. Sure, we believe you -- not.2. We learn about the rules for creating a super-PAC (political action committee) at the Loophole-ulator 6400 and Stephen tackles the controversial FEC v. Citizens United ruling.3. Senator Russ Feingold, founder of PAC Progressives United, joins the conversation via satellite so that Stephen can "say mean things to his face." He is not afraid to ask the Senator tough questions about anti-corporation discrimination, like "Would you let your daughter date a corporation?"4. Stephen is devastated by the news that the U.S. is eliminating the color coded threat level system, since the security colors are the only rainbow that has not been "ruined by the gays."5. Wade Graham joins Stephen to talk about his new book, America‘s Eden and what America‘s gardens say about who we are as a nation. Who knew gardens could be interesting? Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of The Colbert Report.High Five Highlights:1) Bin Laden is still dead. Thanks for clearing that up for us Stephen!2) Colbert‘s new name for the Seals who killed Bin Laden: Abbattabad-asses!3) Colbert clearly takes great delight weaving in and out of the coverage of any news event and never so much when the pundits are trying to politicize and spin an event like this. His dripping sarcasm mocks even as it celebrates. It is an art form the Colbert Report has mastered and it was on full display tonight with the Bin Laden story.4) Journalistic ‘Grin‘tegrity: Colbert coins a new phrase which mocks the newscasters who celebrate bad news (high gas prices, bad economy) because it is politically bad for the president.5) Play like you mean it! Tackle, catch ball. That apparently sums up Rex Ryan‘s new book. Read more »
The Federal Election Commission, the agency charged with enforcing campaign finance laws, voted 5-1 in favor of allowing Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central‘s faux pundit on The Colbert Report, to form his "superPAC" to raise and spend unlimited funds in the 2012 elections. The permission comes with a few stipulations, however: Neither Colbert nor Comedy Central‘s parent company Viacom can promote Colbert‘s superPAC on any other shows on Comedy Central, and Viacom would have to report any aid it gives Colbert for political activities outside of Colbert‘s TV show. Any outside promotion would be considered a political campaign contribution.After today‘s FEC hearing, Colbert addressed a crowd of supporters in Washington with his thoughts on the victory, his speech spiced up with the typical blend of extreme patriotism and witty punchlines, these ones even more esoteric than usual: Read more »
Before you head out in your red, white, and blue garb to celebrate independence with fireworks and barbecues, take some time to reflect on the impact of this significant holiday on the world of television. Countless fictional characters have graced our screens, pledging their allegiance to this wonderful country (though often making fun of it), so why shouldn‘t you?  Read more »
Another edition of Buddy Bites right at you -- tonight‘s installment features some sad news, some comforting news, and a figure from my childhood coming back to talk about bad auditions. Read more »
When Comedy Central created the Comedy Awards last year, it seemed like a joke. In fact, South Park devoted an entire episode to mocking the concept of an awards show for comedy. But looking at this year‘s nominees, it‘s hard to argue that these awards are infinitely better than any other awards show when it comes to television.  Read more »
With the eye of Hurricane Sandy set to hit the east coast within the next few hours and almost a million people already without power, the storm has affected tonight‘s broadcast television schedule. Read more »
The 2013 Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, and as usual, it‘s a crazy mix of established frontrunners and a few new faces. American Horror Story: Asylum led all programs with 17 nominations, followed closely by Game of Thrones with 16. 30 Rock was the top comedy with 13 nominations for its final season.  Read more »
The biggest night of TV is here with the 65th Annual Emmy Awards. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the three-hour telecast will honor the best in television over the past year, and I‘ll be here through the evening with the winners and my live analysis.  Read more »
The nominations have been announced for the 2014 People‘s Choice Awards.Glee leads the pack with eight nominations, including Favorite Network TV Comedy and nods for Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch and Lea Michele. Both The Big Bang Theory and Grey‘s Anatomy come in second with five nominations each, and How I Met Your Mother, Supernatural, Castle, The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries all have four. Read more »
Awards season kicked off tonight with the 40th Annual People‘s Choice Awards. Hosts KatDennings and Beth Behrs did a pretty good job, for their first time. I wouldn‘t say they were fabulous, but they didn‘t totally suck either. I felt like they tried a little too hard to be funny. Read more »
CBS today announced a five year agreement with Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Colbert Report, as successor of 21-year veteran host David Letterman upon his retirement from The Late Show, an event that has been teased comically for quite some time, but made official by Letterman‘s announcement during his April 3rd broadcast.  Read more »
What will happen to Comedy Central at 11:30pm when Stephen Colbert leaves his show to replace David Letterman on CBS? Donald Sterling‘s worst nightmare.  Read more »
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has announced nominations for the 2014 Critics‘ Choice TV Awards, and both network and cable TV lead the field. The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Fargo, Masters of Sex and the recent HBO film The Normal Heart are tied for the most nods with five each.The Americans, Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black and Sherlock: His Last Vow all have four nominations. Read more »
The nominations for the 66th Annual Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning. The list is cable-heavy, with a slew of nominations for Netflix‘s newest comedy and Breaking Bad‘s final season. But, in its fourth season, it‘s actually Game of Thrones that earned the most nominations of any program.  Read more »
It‘s the biggest night of the year for TV fans, the 2014 Emmy Awards. Hosted by Seth Meyers and airing on a Monday in August, this year‘s awards are highly unusual, but will the winners be the usual suspects or a lot of fresh blood?  Read more »
CBS is doubling down on its three big freshman dramas. One day after the CW renewed its two first-year dramas for second seasons, CBS did the same for Scorpion, Madam Secretary and NCIS: New Orleans, giving all three orders for season 2 in the 2015-2016 season.  Read more »
The 66th annual Emmy Awards are almost here, but before the big show on NBC on Monday, August 25, more than 80 awards are handed out at the Creative Arts ceremony.  Read more »
The Emmy Awards are making some rather big rule changes that will have a severe effect on some frequent nominees. The rule changes will expand nominations in the top categories to seven and also clear up the issue of comedy vs. drama and what constitutes a miniseries. There are even changes to the guest and variety categories.  Read more »
The nominations are out for the 2015 Emmy Awards and HBO‘s Game of Thrones leads all programs with 24 nominations. FX‘s American Horror Story: Freak Show is close behind with 19.  Read more »
The Emmy Awards are here. While the Primetime ceremony will air Sunday, September 20 on FOX, the Creative Arts Emmys took place Saturday. September 12.  Read more »
CBS has finally revealed what show is getting the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this year, and it‘s definitely outside the box. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air a special live episode on Sunday, February 7 following Super Bowl 50 on CBS.  Read more »
The 2017 awards season is in full swing and the Writers Guild of America has now revealed its nominations for the best television of the year. The WGA stuck with the usual list of awards favorites (Better Call Saul, Veep, etc) while embracing several new hits like Westworld, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Atlanta.  Read more »