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POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:14 PM
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Stephen Colbert. (Screenshot via The Colbert Report)

Details are few but CBS announced on Thursday that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, beginning immediately after Letterman’s promised 2015 retirement from the program. Colbert will reportedly break from his conservative pundit Colbert Show character when he takes over, making the Late Show his first TV gig performing as himself.

Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter confirms that once Colbert shoves off from the Colbert Report's 11:30 pm timeslot at Comedy Central around eight months from now, he'll also take his writing staff with him. Comedy Central, as a result is "looking at all options" for a replacement program, but a news-based talk show is "no guarantee." Colbert has held that timeslot since 2005, when he broke away from The Daily Show, and no heir apparent exists thanks to the departure of John Oliver last summer for a gig at HBO.

In a statement, Colbert said, “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead. I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth,”

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:00 PM
Filed Under: Television
In this July 16, 2013 file photo, host David Letterman smiles on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman." (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)

The NY Daily News is reporting that on Thursday, during a taping of the Late Show, David Letterman announced that he will be retiring in 2015.

There is no official word yet from Dave or the show, but the news first spread through Twitter by Mike Mills, who is a musician performing on tonight’s episode with Joseph Arthur:



POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:35 AM
Filed Under: Television
Deirdre Bolton on the set of Fox Business' new show "Risk & Reward" (Photo courtesy of Fox Business)

Beauty, brains and a knack for business and finance? Deirdre Bolton is pretty much the whole package. The 42-year-old Newtown, Pennsylvanian is readying the launch of her ambitious new show, Risk & Reward, which debuts today (Monday) at 1 PM/ET on Fox Business Channel

When it comes to stocks and bonds, people have always followed the rule of 60/40 – 60 percent stocks, 40 percent bonds. Bolton is about to break the norm with her new weekly program, showing average folks that there are other ways to bankroll with alternative investments. That includes technology, real estate, startups, food & wine, and even art. “Industry changes are giving the average investors access to more choices,” Bolton said. “The show primarily focuses on showing people what other options are out there, putting them into context, and allowing them to choose for themselves if it’s the right choice for their own portfolios.”

Bolton is quite the business and finance news veteran. Before hopping over to Fox Business she spent over a decade with Bloomberg Television where she first began reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and most recently exited from her program Money Moves. Her ventures into the business world stemmed from her passion for language. “As a kid I was always interested in television and radio because of its use of language,” she said. Even at a young age, being educated at local institutions likes Grey Nun Academy, Germantown Academy, and Council Rock High, she was a veracious reader and was lucky enough to have spent some of her teen years abroad. “I knew it was a big world very quickly.”


POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 11:27 AM
Filed Under: Television
LOUIS C.K.: OH MY GOD. photo: Kevin Mazur

It’s been far too long since the last time Louis CK joked us into submission with his hit TV show, Louie—19 months to be exact. Today, though, the clouds have parted, the sun has begun to shine, and Louie is making its return to TV on Monday, May 5. Our lack of Louis, like our crippling winter, is slowly fading.

CK initially announced a hiatus for his show back in October 2012, saying that the first three seasons work together as a trilogy, and that this fourth season will start somewhere new. And, in fact, season three ended with our hero boarding a plane to China to slough off some of his own morbidity in the New Year.

"Louis said he needed extra time between seasons three and four of his show because – even though Louie was the most critically acclaimed television comedy series in America – he needed to make it even better," FX CEO John Landgraf said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "Based on the first three episodes we've seen, remarkably, he accomplished his goal." 

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:42 AM
Filed Under: Television

The New York Times let us know earlier this week that the Philly accent is fading out, and last week we found out that Philly is highly underrepresented in our entertainment. Proving once again that he is doing God’s work, Nick Kroll eased those problems last night with his “Pawnsylvania” skit.

The Kroll Show host joined comedic partner John Daly to pretty accurately portray the Philly/Pittsburgh rivalry in pawn shop form. There’s tons of references, a 1995 issue of Philadelphia magazine valued at $400 (the best joke of all), and Pittsburgh stuff you won’t get, but the real saving grace is Kroll’s Philly accent. 

As we all know, the classic Philly accent is nearly impossible to imitate, and given that it’s apparently dying out it’s good to see at least someone on TV can do it well. Not Kevin Bacon in Sleepers good, but still pretty good.



POSTED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 9:04 AM
Filed Under: Television

Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars will kick off March 17, and thanks to a stunt on Good Morning America this morning, we now know the cast list. And while the show is usually known for its hodge-podge list of celebrity dancers, but this one might be the most eclectic yet. 

Among the celebrity cast this year are several Olympians, three singers, a couple of former childhood stars, and what’s left of Drew Carey. The stars, however, join the show on a season that saw its pre-production more or less fraught with peril thanks to the dismissal of co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and former bandleader Harold Wheeler. In fact, the cast revealed day will be the first to compete under new bandleader Ray Chew’s smaller, more electronic outfit.

The athletes, of course, are thought to have a substantial advantage over stars like Carey and fellow contestant Billy Dee Williams for obvious reasons. And, indeed, ice dancing gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis could join the pantheon of fellow Olympian contestants like Shawn Johnson, Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno, all of whom competed on past seasons and won. But, still, it doesn’t seem like, say, NeNe Leakes would take that type of competition lightly, or Sean Avery for that matter.

POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014, 11:19 AM
Filed Under: Television
Director and rock musician Rob Zombie does some "fact-finding" with two of the Broad Street Bullies, Bernie Parent (center) and Bob Kelly. (ZACK HILL)

Last we heard from Rob Zombie, he had dashed our hopes of seeing Broad Street Bullies on the big screen by announcing he was shelving the project. Now, we get a little glimpse into why, and it has a lot to do with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. 

Zombie and Ellis will team up with Fox bring us a “limited series” based on the Manson Family murders in August 1969. The project is still in the early stages of development, but Ellis is slated to write the script and Zombie will direct (this instead of Broad Street Bullies). 

The Manson project reportedly will tell the converging stories of the Manson Family and their victims from multiple points of view. As a result, no existing material has been optioned, suggesting that Ellis and Zombie at least will go for an original take. 

POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014, 11:02 AM
Filed Under: Television
Jimmy Kimmel dons his rainbow loom suit. (Screenshot)

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel is known for asking his viewer audience to participate in home video pranks, like the time he asked parents to film their kids’ reaction when they told them they had eaten all of their Halloween candy, which resulted in cringe worthy entertainment. 

Recently, Kimmel took a break from pulling cruel pranks and instead asked viewers to mail in homemade rainbow looms, bracelets fashioned from colorful rubber bands, so that he could craft himself. When he first made the request months back, Kimmel had low expectations and estimated he would only receive a few. What the studio received was an overwhelming amount of bracelets, so much so that they couldn't all fit onto the suit.

Wednesday night, the host debuted his two-piece outfit on TV and the result was incredible. He also received a number of hats, ties, and other random-loomed crafts which were selectively incorporated into the suit.



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