New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves officially announced that the Late Show With Stephen Colbert will remain in New York and continue broadcasting from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater. The agreement includes a commitment by CBS for approximately 200 New York-based jobs to support the daily program’s year-round production schedule. Here’s how CBS spun it this morning:
This is amusing, and a good cause. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert get on their inner Star Wars in this silly video that offers up a part in the next film, in a charity effort. Now, I could say that this is better and has more tension than the last three Star Wars prequels, but I won’t, because this is for a good cause. Stewart’s punch line is worth the watch in itself.
“I sometimes think the fact that the briefing is televised in its entirety.. creates a theatricality to it, and some sort of righteous indignation,” he said. “People pose and they want to hear themselves talk, or they want to create ‘moments’ — they’re creating some drama.”
“Shut the fuck up!” Colbert said, pretending to be at a briefing. “Did you ever want to [say] ‘Hey guys I got a question for you: why don’t you bite me?’.”
Carney’s response here:
Colbert Tells Fans They Need To Buy More Copies Of His Publisher’s New Book ‘California’ — To Stick It To Amazon: Video
One week after declaring war on Amazon, Stephen Colbert announced on his show last night that his campaign had resulted in the ordering of 6,400 copies of Edan Lepucki’s new novel California from the independent bookstore Powell’s Books. While maybe an impressive number in the book publishing world, where 15,00o books sold can land you on the New York Times bestseller list, it sounded on TV like a small-ish result for a campaign involving Colbert’s rabid follow-him-anywhere fans.
To that point, Colbert told his followers, “You know what would really show Amazon that we will not lick their monopoly boot? If we put California on the New York Times bestseller list!” (watch the video below). But Colbert also broadened the game, telling viewers they could continue to order from Powell’s via ColbertNation.com — or, if they’d rather, through other indie bookstores, naming as examples Parnassus Books in Nashville, Politics and Pros in Washington, D.C., and Rainy Day Books in Kansas City.
Colbert began his campaign to give his publisher, Hachette a leg-up in its contract battle with Amazon; last week he urged viewers to stop ordering from Amazon and to purchase Hachette-published California, from first-time novelist Lepucki, from Powell’s.
UPDATED WITH TWITTER CAMPAIGN INFO: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert last night urged his viewers to boycott Amazon because, “I just found out it’s deterring customers from buying books from Stephen Colbert.” Amazon is in a battle with Colbert’s publisher Hachette, and has been accused of refusing orders for upcoming Hachette books, raising prices, and deliberately delaying shipments — sometimes by 3-4 weeks. (Amazon lists the ship date on orders for Colbert’s book, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, as “two to four weeks”). “This is a big blow to my bottom line,” Colbert said, announcing he had made arrangements through a large independent Portland-based bookstore called Powell’s Books to sell copies of a new Hachette release, California, by Edan Lepucki, on his show’s website. He also urged viewers to download a sticker — also available on his site, that says “I Didn’t Buy It On Amazon” to slap on all their books and other products. “Watch out Bezos — this means war!” Colbert warned Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. (See the video below.)
Stephen Colbert Promises To Inform Less After Study Ranks His The Most Informative U.S. News Program: Video
Stephen Colbert celebrated the release of a new Annenberg Public Policy Center study that concluded viewers of The Colbert Report who watched him set up a super PAC and 501(c)(4) organization during the last presidential election cycle were better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of actual news channels. (Colbert’s show is shuttering at the end of 2014 so he can take over for David Letterman at CBS in 2015.) ”That’s right! I did abetter job of informing the public about campaign finance reform than every other news organization — and CNN,” Colbert said on his show last night. “So let that be a lesson to you Fox: show — don’t tell. If you want your viewers to have a better understanding of your editorial position, they need to see you sucking Ted Cruz’s balls.” Watch here:
The day the Annenberg Public Policy Center announced Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report was more effective than journalists at explaining campaign financing during the last election cycle, the network’s Jon Stewart-hosted The Daily Show presented its report on how the news media covered the Santa Barbara slayings. Watch here:
Study: Stephen Colbert More Effective Than Journalists At Explaining Campaign Financing During Last Election Cycle
A new report warns just how much this country stands to lose when Stephen Colbert shutters his Comedy Central late-night show to take over for David Letterman at CBS. According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center, viewers of The Colbert Report who watched Colbert set up a super PAC and 501(c)(4) organization during the last presidential election cycle were better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of actual news channels and other, actual-news shows.
“It’s the first study actually showing that Colbert is doing a better job than other news sources at teaching people about campaign financing,” crowed Bruce W. Hardy, lead author of the study and a senior researcher at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. “Consistently, we found that Colbert did better than every other news source we included in our model.”
The published study tested The Colbert Report against CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and broadcast nightly news — as well as talk radio and newspapers – as sources of political information. The study, appropriately called Stephen Colbert’s Civics Lesson, was based on phone survey data from 1,232 adults 18 years or older who were interviewed between December 13-23, 2012.
Larry Wilmore To Succeed Stephen Colbert With Jon Stewart-Produced Show To Launch In January On Comedy Central
Just like it did with Stephen Colbert nine years ago, Comedy Central and Jon Stewart have gone to the bench of correspondents on The Daily Show to find a host for the post-Daily Show 11:30 PM slot. Senior Black correspondent Larry Wilmore will host a new nightly program, The Minority Report, which will launch in January 2015, following the end of The Colbert Report. (Colbert will be departing Comedy Central at the end of his contract in December to prepare for taking over CBS’ Late Show from David Letterman.) Wilmore also is attached as showrunner of ABC comedy Black-ish, which was just picked up to series. He is expected to complete his obligations, get the show off the ground and help with the transition before segueing to The Minority Report.
Like with The Colbert Report, The Minority Report was created by Jon Stewart and will be produced by his Busboy Prods., with Stewart and Wilmore serving as executive producers. The move, with Stewart continuing to produce both The Daily Show and its companion program, will likely help keep the comedian in the Comedy Central fold when his contract comes up next year.
The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore will be a comedic take on the day’s news. It will feature a panel of voices, which Comedy Central says, as the title suggests, “are currently underrepresented in comedy and television.” Said Stewart: “While Larry Wilmore is a …
Conan O’Brien in 2013:
Jimmy Kimmel in 2012:
Seth Meyers in 2011:
And, of course, the one the White House Correspondents’ Association would rather everyone forgot – 2006, when Stephen Colbert torched the place:
It was legal matters and late-night that Les Moonves wanted to talk about today at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference. “I feel good about our chances in the Supreme Court,” said the CBS chief about last week’s hearing on the legality of the Aereo streaming service. Not that Moonves wasn’t prepared for a loss in the nine Justices’ upcoming ruling. “I’ll stand by my statement that we have another alternative if we lose,” Moonves added. Last year at the same conference, Moonves said he could move CBS to cable in “a few days” if the situation with the streaming service could not be resolved in the courts – and that was before the broadcasters petitioned SCOTUS late last year. “Aereo takes our content,” the network exec told the conference crowd, “and doesn’t pay for it – that’s theft.” Moonves added today, “I think our case is very strong.” A decision from the Supreme Court is expected in late June. On a more personal note, Moonves said that though he and Aereo backer Barry Diller are close friends he decided to never speak about the streaming service with the IAC boss after one conversation for the betterment of their relationship. That practical advice drew a big laugh from the suit-and-tie crowd in the ballroom this morning.
CBS is down one more late-night host – Craig Ferguson just announced to his studio audience that he would not be re-upping his contract to host Late Late Show and will step down in December. “CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are ‘consciously uncoupling,’ but we will still spend holidays together and share custody of the fake horse and robot skeleton, both of whom we love very much,” Ferguson said in the announcement, which immediately triggered speculation as to who would replace him.
Ferguson is sticking around until year’s end to give show staff time to figure things out, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. But, with Ferguson leaving in December, it’s likely CBS will have a new 12:35 AM host on its air before Stephen Colbert replaces David Letterman — Colbert is likewise leaving his Comedy Central series The Colbert Report at the end of the calendar year, but David Letterman has yet to set his end date on Late Show — only saying it will be some time in 2015.
Ferguson has been Late Late Show’s host since succeeding Craig Kilborn in January 2005; his contract was set to expire this summer, so it had been widely expected some decision on his CBS late-night future would be reached soon-ish. And all America recently was brought up to speed on the clause in that contract that landed him a pot of cash if the network looked elsewhere for its David Letterman replacement. That happened when CBS went with Stephen Colbert after Dave also surprised his studio audience with news he was stepping down in 2015. But Ferguson was quick to tweet his congratulations to Colbert the morning the news broke. That night, Ferguson opened his show with another shout-out to Colbert, after which he teased viewers with cracks about resigning — but only for the length of a commercial.
White House Correspondents Enlist History Channel To Produce Documentary About Journalists Organization
Pulling back the curtain, History Channel announced this morning it will work with the White House Correspondents’ Association to produce a special video commemorating the centennial celebration of the organization as well as its annual White House Correspondents Dinner. The video will be screened at that annual Beltway bash/Hollywood petting zoo, which will again be held at Washington’s Hinckley Hilton on Saturday, May 3. President Obama and former President Clinton will participate in the video chronicling the origin of the WHCA in 1914 and its evolution over the century.
In addition to Obama and Clinton, among those scheduled to be interviewed include historians; press secretaries Marlin Fitzwater, Mike McCurry, and Dana Perino; and the WHC Dinner’s past and current celebrity hosts. In theory the latter means Stephen Colbert, who scorched the ballroom with his in-character indictment of then-president George W. Bush, and Craig Ferguson, who pronounced VPOTUS Dick Cheney “funny for an evil guy” after Cheney told him “enjoy your audit” following a Ferguson joke that Cheney had to start his move out of his official residence before the end of Bush’s second term because “it takes longer than you think to pack up an entire dungeon.”
As conservative TV hosts raced to distance themselves from their new folk hero Cliven Bundy, after Bundy began wondering if slavery wasn’t better for “the negroes,” Stephen Colbert made sure the door hit them on the way out — particularly Fox News Channel‘s Sean Hannity. Bundy became a TV talker over the past couple weeks for having grazed cattle on federal land for decades and clocking a reported $1 million in unpaid grazing fees (Bundy says he doesn’t recognize the U.S. government as even existing). “Man, Hannity ate up that story so hard Bundy should have charged him grazing fees,” Colbert said on his show last night — and more where that came from. (Hannity yesterday called Bundy’s comments “beyond repugnant.”) Watch Colbert here, followed by Hannity on his FNC show last night:
Stephen Colbert: The Road To The CBS Late Show Host-ship 2015 kicked off this week, with Actual Stephen Colbert visiting the show to kiss David Letterman’s ring and introduce himself to late-night America as a pleasant, humble kind of guy. At the exact same time, over on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert-Nation, the puffed-up talk-show host headlining The Colbert Report, rhetorically threw down with conservative columnist George Will.
It was a neat equation of what Colbert will add to CBS and subtract from the political landscape. CBS will become home to the guy who will do the very best interview ever with Lindsay Lohan when she attempts her next career comeback (maybe when NBC revisits its Hillary Clinton biopic after the presidential election cycle?). But we’ve got an abundant supply of late-night Lohan interviewers. Meanwhile, our gross national product of viral, make-you-think TV political humorists appears to be about to plunge 50%, from Colbert plus Jon Stewart to Stewart alone (though Comedy Central alum John Oliver’s upcoming HBO weekly show may tip the scales a bit).