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Jon Stewart Declares Hillary Clinton Declared Her Candidacy On His Program: Video

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 8:24am PDT

Jon Stewart Declares Hillary Clinton Declared Her Candidacy On His Program: VideoAfter giving her a Career Aptitude Test that included such questions as “Would you like (an) office to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?” and “Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?” —  and after observing how artfully she pivoted his question about her having said she and hubby Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House in 2001 to talk about her concern that Stewart’s target demo can’t get ahead in this economy — Jon Stewart concluded last night his The Daily Show guest Hillary Clinton had just declared she was running for POTUS in 2016.
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UPDATE: ‘The Daily Show’ Says So-Long To Longest Tenured Writer (VIDEO)

By | Friday June 27, 2014 @ 7:30am PDT

UPDATE: ‘The Daily Show’ Says So-Long To Longest Tenured Writer (VIDEO)UPDATE: 7:30 AM: The Daily Show said so long to its longest running writer.
J.R. Havlan who, with 2,821 episodes to his credit, pre-dated host Jon Stewart — his tenure dates back to the Craig Kilborn days. Stewart closed out last night’s telecast with a Moment of Zen devoted to Havlan. Watch here:
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EMMYS: Late-Night Host Shifts Spur Bevy Of Fresh, But Not Unfamiliar, Faces

 

Awardsline logo_use this oneWith every aspect of television rapidly evolving, there probably isn’t an area that has undergone more sweeping changes in the past couple of years than late night. A slew of new shows cropped up across the dial, and the networks with the longest traditions in the day part, NBC and CBS, both changed the hosts of their late-night franchises. That big changeover could shake up the Outstanding Variety Series Emmy category, which has long been dominated by late-night shows. The field finally got a jolt last year, with The Colbert Report taking the Emmy after a 10-year winning streak for The Daily Show that followed five consecutive wins by Late Show with David Letterman.

colbert selfieThere were a handful of major late-night changes and new additions in the 1990s and the 2000s. The first botched Tonight Show transition in 1992, which installed Jay Leno as successor to Johnny Carson, led to CBS breaking NBC’s late-night monopoly with Letterman and the introduction of Conan O’Brien. They were followed by the launch of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.  The following decade saw the arrival of Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately on E! and another messy Tonight Show transition at NBC, resulting in the launch of O’Brien’s Conan on TBS and the emergence of Jimmy Fallon.

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Jon Stewart Explains TV News Coverage Of Santa Barbara Slayings: Video

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 6:31am PDT

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:

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John Oliver’s HBO Debut Going With NSA Lucky Charm

By | Sunday April 27, 2014 @ 12:36pm PDT

John Oliver NSAWhen HBO announced John Oliver would interview Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), the former director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, on tonight’s premiere of his new HBO late-night topical comedy show Last Week Tonight, some people wondered why Alexander picked a comedy show for his first sit-down with TV media since retiring as NSA director. But nobody questioned why Oliver decided to kick off a comedy show with the NSA story.

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Last November, when HBO announced it had signed Comedy Central’s The Daily Show correspondent to host the weekly news riff, Michael Lombardo said the network wasn’t looking for another weekly talk show, “but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO.” Oliver started with a bang because, the day before, The Guardian of London had posted an video interview with 29-year-old former CIA technical assistant Edward Snowden in which he revealed he was the source of media reports about top-secret NSA surveillance programs that had started breaking earlier in the week. Oliver had a field day. Here are some of the clips from Oliver’s opening night as The Daily Show‘s fill-in host: Read More »

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John Oliver Interviews Former NSA Director In Sunday’s HBO Debut

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 11:21am PDT

John Oliver Keith Alexander NSA InterviewJohn Oliver will interview Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.) — former director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command –  when he debuts his new HBO late-night topical comedy show Last Week Tonight. HBO says it’s Alexander’s first since retiring as NSA director. The news comes the week Oliver took the NBC package deal to promote the launch of his new HBO late-night show, stopping by The Tonight Show show to poke fun at Jimmy Fallon‘s interview style and talk about friends’ reaction to his final The Daily Show appearance, in which he wept. Read More »

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HBO Unveils Promo For John Oliver’s New Topical Late-Night Weekly ‘Last Week Tonight’: Video

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 1:48pm PST

01_john oliver_2012-2HBO has unveiled its promo for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which unveils on April 27 (see below).  The new weekly satire current events show from the former The Daily Show With Jon Stewart correspondent (and stand-in host) will air at 11 PM on Sundays. Last November, HBO announced it had snagged Oliver to do a weekly show. Oliver took his final Daily Show bow in December, and  Stewart had him in tears as he surprised the Brit comic with his own retrospective, on his last day. During the ambush,  Oliver, who’d been with the Comedy Central late-night program for more than seven years, was mostly speechless and fighting tears.

Oliver got rave reviews covering for Stewart over the summer on Comedy Central while Stewart took time off to direct his first film, Rosewater. And though Oliver told PBS’ Charlie Rose in an interview, “I don’t think it’s going to change my life”, and that his goal had been only “not to destroy that machine” during his brief tenure, it proved to be a game changer for Oliver — and for  Viacom Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, whose empire includes Comedy Central, and who learned from the experience that there can be life after Stewart — unless HBO comes to the same realization and is looking for another topical late-night show. Watch Oliver’s HBO promo here:

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Jon Stewart Urges CNN To Stream Don King Over All Its Programs: Video

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 6:23am PST

JonStewartIn a biting segment on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Jon Stewart demonstrates how Don King could be the answer to CNN’s ratings problems. Seems King was a guest on CNN and, when time came to switch gears and begin a report on men getting facial-hair transplants, King refused to go quietly into the night. He continued to talk over the report, winding up his commentary with the chant, “CNN today! CNN today!”

“I never said this before, but I was unable to change the channel from CNN,” Stewart confessed. “These news people are doing their best to do an incredibly stupid segment on beard transplants, but now, because of Don King, he’s making it real, and interesting! Give me more of the King!”

“CNN you have found your voice and it’s Don King’s voice talking over all your other voices,” Stewart advised, and illustrated. Watch here: Read More »

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TCA: John Oliver Touts Sarah Palin’s New Sportsman Channel Show

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 6:28pm PST

John Oliver“Are you staying at the hotel tonight?” a TV critic asked John Oliver at the start of a Q&A for his new HBO comedy show.

“This is already a very creepy way to start the question,” Oliver interrupted during the session of the TCA Winter Press Tour 2014, being held at the Langham hotel in Pasadena.

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“Sarah Palin is hosting breakfast,” the critic explained.

“WHAT?! Are you kidding? Well, now — I’m checking in!” Oliver enthused. “What breakfast?”

Sportsman Channel, he was informed. Palin’s come to promote her new reality series for the network.

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154“Good for her!” Oliver beamed. “She’s going to do to sports what she did to politics. … Believe me, there is a significant voice in my head now saying, ‘Check in, go to breakfast’!” he said giddily. “I think I’m on a flight tomorrow morning, but again, half of me has already canceled that flight,” he continued as one TV critic offered him his credentials so he could attend the Palin breakfast. “I’m also glad the TCA security is so high that passes are utterly transferable — especially since we are different races,” he said of the critic.

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Jon Stewart Surprises John Oliver With ‘The Daily Show’ Retrospective As He Heads To HBO: Video

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 11:22am PST

Jon Stewart had John Oliver in tears as he surprised him with his own retrospective, on his last day at The Daily Show. Oliver, who got rave the-daily-show-oliver-stewart-300reviews when he filled in for Stewart over the summer, will launch his own topical comedy talk show, telecast Sundays on HBO, premiering in 2014. During last night’s ambush retrospective, Oliver, who’d been with the Comedy Central late night program for more than seven years, was mostly speechless and fighting tears.

Last month, when HBO announced it had signed Oliver, he said, “I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault.”

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‘Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, FNC’s Bill O’Reilly Weigh In On Megyn Kelly’s Santa-Is-White Segment: Video

“I guess we all owe you an apology,” Thestewartkelly Daily Show faux newsman Jon Stewart said Monday night for his cracks about Megyn Kelly‘s show segment debating Santa Claus and Jesus’ ethnic backgrounds, after the Fox News Channel anchor said the segment was tongue-in-cheek.

Over in the other corner, FNC’s Bill O’Reilly last night insisted Kelly was right, in re Santa being white, but that “the spirit of Santa transcends all racial boundaries,”  adding that the bruhaha over her remarks is another attempt by “the far left” to demonize FNC, “because they cannot defeat us on the media battlefield.”

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UPDATE: Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Says Jesus/Santa Show Segment Was Humor

MegynKelly__131107000405 (1)UPDATE: 8 PM: Megyn Kelly said tonight on her Fox News Channel program that her Wednesday show segment, in which she said that Santa Claus and Jesus are white, was tongue-in-cheek and that anyone who says otherwise needs to lighten up. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes that’s lost on the humorless,” she said on tonight’s The Kelly File. “This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society, in particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst in people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.” On her show Wednesday, Kelly and panelists discussed a Slate piece written by a black woman suggesting Santa should not be a white man anymore. Writer Aisha Harris suggested a penguin replace Santa Claus, so as to appeal to children of all races. “For all you kids watching at home,” Kelly said Wednesday. “Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”

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Then on tonight’s show, Kelly said: “Contrary to what my critics have posited, neither my statement, nor Harris’, I’m sure, was motivated by any racial fear or loathing. In fact, it was something far less sinister: a lifetime of exposure to the very same commercials, mall casting calls, and movies Harris references in her piece. Should that change? Well, that debate got lost because so many couldn’t get past the fact that I acknowledged, as Harris did, that the most commonly depicted image of Santa, does, in fact, have white skin.” She did acknowledge tonight that her assertion Wednesday that Jesus was a white man “is far from settled.” Kelly said, “The fact that an offhand jest I made during a segment about whether Santa should be replaced by a penguin has now become a national firestorm says two things: Race is still an incredibly volatile issue in this country, and Fox News, and yours truly, are big targets for many people.” Read More »

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Jon Stewart Embraces CNN ‘New Day’s Couch Sponsorship News-portunity

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 5:58am PST

Jon Stewart last night discovered/fell in love with CNN’s New Day Couch Sponsorship News-portunity, in which advertisers sponsor the morning show’s co-hosts as they walk from their desk to their couch. After fantasizing about the brainstorming session that produced the Couch Walk, headed by CNN chief Jeff Zucker  (the guy who came up with “supersizing” for NBC’s primetime when he took over that network’s Entertainment, which kept that network in first place in the demo for a couple seasons, and allowed it to sell an extra ad break at Friends rates, while failing to develop the next Friends) including:  

Walk to Couch
Baby Reporters
When Cats Tweet
Hot Thing/Cold Thing
Blitzer Kissing Booth
Cartoon Robot Sidekicks
Smell the News
All-Hologram Syria Coverage

Stewart announced The Daily Show was going to be rolling out sponsorship opportunities of its own, including:

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Jon Stewart Crumpled His Script In Disgust.

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‘SNL’ Camp’s Latest Theory On New Cast: Black Comediennes Aren’t “Ready”

Saturday Night Live has spent a considerable amount of energy lately explaining away its lack of cast diversity, since announcing the latest crop of white performers to be added to the show. In the recent season debut, they devoted a whole sketch to the subject. Kenan Thompson played host of a game show called “New Cast Member Or Arcade Fire,” and Tina Fey played a contestant trying to guess, for every couple trotted out, which was the new SNL cast member and which was a member of that week’s musical act. When the last couple stumped her, SNL exec producer Lorne Michaels was brought onstage to deliver the punchline/message: Unable to pinpoint which was his new hire, he looked at Thompson and snarked, “Is it the black one?” The show writers forgot to write Thompson some snappy comeback line — instead making a 90-degree turn in which Fey delivered the line, “Do I win anything?” and Thompson replied, like he meant it to sting, “Don’t you have enough?”

Today, poor Thompson got dragged back into the debate — he’s the guy elected to tell TV Guide it’s the shortcoming of black comediennes that’s to blame for SNL’s cast non-diversity. Yes, it’s the show’s sixth consecutive year without a black female cast member. But, turns out, there are just no black female comics out there who are qualified for the gig. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson says. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Asked how the show plans to handle any spoofs of black female celebrities, or, say, a FLOTUS gag this season, Thompson responded, “I don’t know. We just haven’t done them. That’s what I’m saying. Maybe [Jay Pharoah] will do it or something, but even he doesn’t really want to do it.”

Funny, him bringing up Pharoah, who appears to have a different take on the root of the problem. He recently was quoted saying SNL should add Darmirra Brunson to the cast “because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented…amazing,” and because “they need to follow up with it, like they said they were going to do last year” (emphasis mine). Brunson can be seen playing Drew in Tyler Perry’s OWN comedy Love Thy Neighbor, and a quick Google search reveals her list of celebrity impressions includes Beyonce, Kerry Washington, Lil’ Kim, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Oprah, Rihanna, and Wendy Williams. Read More »

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Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey Talk Emmys: Video

By | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 6:50am PDT

Stephen Colbert last night talked about his Comedy Central late-night show’s Primetime Emmy Award win for best variety series, snapping The Daily Show’s decade-long run in that derby. Meanwhile, Tina Fey wants to remind us about her wardrobe malfunction at the Emmy ceremony while promoting her upcoming hosting gig on the season debut of Saturday Night Live.
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Jon Stewart’s Return to ‘The Daily Show’ Snags 2M Viewers

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 12:16pm PDT

More than 2 million people caught Jon Stewart‘s return to The Daily Show last night after taking most of the summer off. That’s a 24% improvement over the Comedy Central show’s year-to-date average with Stewart-hosted episodes (1.63 million). It’s  Stewart’s second-best number this year. About 640,000 of last night’s crowd was aged 18-34 — the show’s target audience. That’s 22% better than Stewart episodes have averaged this year. In his final two weeks of original episodes before leaving to direct his first feature film Rosewater, Stewart averaged 1.415 million Daily Show viewers.

Some perspective: Daily Show’s biggest audience ever happened in October 2008 when presidential candidate Barack Obama was Stewart’s guest and the show clocked 3.6 million viewers, beating Michelle Obama’s appearance a few weeks earlier by about 600,000 viewers. It was the first time the show had ever cracked 3 mil. In ’10, Obama became the first sitting president to visit the show; 2.8 million tuned in at a time when the show was averaging 1.9 million.

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UPDATE: Jon Stewart Returns To ‘The Daily Show’ A Darker Faux Newsman: Video

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 4:37am PDT

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “I’ve missed you so much — you don’t know what it’s like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid fucking thing you do!” Jon Stewart said in his return to The Daily Show last night. Viewers, meanwhile, may still be missing Stewart. The comic-turned-fake news show faux-anchor returned from Jordan, where he spent a good chunk of the summer directing his first feature film, showing telltale signs of a comic who has been through a life-changing experience and feels he should be doing something more serious.

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After an opening taped bit in which his summer substitute John Oliver discovered how changed Stewart is, and tried in vain to get back the old Jon — instead turning him into Moses, Freddie Mercury, Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, and Hitler — Stephen Colbert is brought in and, for script purposes, successfully exorcised Stewart, so The Daily Show could start. Stewart took his anchor chair and brought out Oliver to receive praise. Not that Oliver needs it. He got great reviews filling in for Stewart this summer, which must have been a comfort to Viacom Entertainment Group President Doug Herzog tonight, knowing there can be life after Stewart for The Daily Show. Not that Herzog’s making plans to replace Stewart — but it’s got to be nice to know The Daily Show won’t fall off a cliff should this new Stewart just back from Jordon decide it’s time to move on.

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UPDATE: John Oliver’s Farewell As ‘Daily Show’ Host Draws Lower Ratings: VIDEO

By | Friday August 16, 2013 @ 2:11pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:11 PM: On his last night as interim host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, the guy TV critics have crowned Jon Stewart’s “heir apparent” and “just as effective … at 1/10th the cost” enjoyed -– his smallest audience of the week. Nielsen reports an average of 1.22 million viewers tuned in to John Oliver’s swan-song, compared with 1.34 million the previous night and 1.4 million the night before that. It was the same story among 18-to-34-year-olds, who are more to Comedy Central’s taste. Oliver’s final show clocked 302,000 in the demo, versus 436,000 the previous night. One week earlier, Oliver clocked his biggest audience of the week on Thursday night — 1.5 million viewers and 501,000 in the age bracket.

PREVIOUSLY: On his final night in the faux-anchor chair, man who made it OK for Stewart to take off three months to direct a movie looked back at his time filling in during what was supposed to have been the slow days of summer but instead included Paula Deen, the Royal Baby, sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Russia’s anti-gay law and interviewing Aaron Sorkin in the dark. Oliver took a moment to give special thanks to New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner — or, as Oliver called him, “Carlos Danger, the real fun of the summer.”

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John Oliver Kept ‘Daily Show’ Anchor Chair Hot During Jon Stewart’s Break: VIDEO

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 3:17pm PDT

The Daily Show fill-in host John Oliver bows out after tomorrow night. He’s been covering for Jon Stewart since June 10, while Stewart took time off to direct his first film, Rosewater. Oliver’s been getting great reviews for his guest gig. And though this past Monday he told PBS’ Charlie Rose, “I don’t think it’s going to change my life”, and that his goal had been only “not to destroy that machine” during his brief tenure, it’s been a game changer for Viacom Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, whose empire includes Comedy Central, and who has learned from the experience that there can be life after Stewart. Not that anyone’s making plans to replace Stewart — but it’s got to be nice to know The Daily Show won’t fall off a cliff should the much-loved host who’s been the face of the franchise since January 1999 ever decide it’s time to move on.

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