Craig Ferguson congratulates “the lovely Stephen Colbert” in his “Late Late Show” monologue
“Isn”t that lovely?” Ferguson said at the top of tonight”s show, according to a transcript. “Congratulations Stephen! A fine addition to the CBS cavalcade of stars.” PLUS: Colbert breaks his silence on Twitter.
Report: CBS focused in on Colbert in February – its post-Letterman search began last October
That”s according to Josef Adalian, who adds of the tricky Craig Ferguson situation: “Of course, CBS might actually be fine with keeping Ferguson and focusing on launching Colbert; it could be Ferguson who feels slighted and ready to leave. If so, it”s hard to see how he could get a better talk show gig than the one he has now. As talented and respected as Ferguson is, there simply are no broadcast networks with available time slots for him.”
Colbert”s CBS hiring seems stranger and stranger the more you look at it
“The most glaring issue with the hire,” says Richard Lawson, “is that Stephen Colbert has, for the most part, been playing a character for the last 10 or so years. Sure, the line between 'Stephen Colbert' and Stephen Colbert is often blurry, but much of what”s made the guy famous and successful has been full-blown parody. An argument could be made that during The Colbert Report”s interview segments, which probably pertain the most to this new gig, Colbert is more himself, and has proven a nimble and likable interviewer. But it”s still in the context of the ‘Colbert' character, and, in a broader sense, of the late-night Comedy Central political-humor lineup.” PLUS: Why “The Late Show” will ruin Colbert, What if Colbert can”t interview well out of character?, the real Colbert is far more gentle than the “Colbert” character, we”re losing a great TV character with Colbert”s “Colbert” departure, Colbert is hugely popular in Google searches, watch 21 times Colbert was himself, Colbert won”t be a Letterman clone – and that makes him a great pick, can he compete with the Jimmys in social media?, and Colbert will become “America”s Catholic.”
Stephen Colbert won”t revert to the correct pronunciation of his name
He”ll still be “kohl-BAYR” on “The Late Show,” while the rest of his family uses “KOHL-bert.”
Comedy Central has become a late-night launching pad, with 2 11:35 pm network late-night hosts
First “The Man Show”s” Jimmy Kimmel and now Colbert. In fact, Comedy Central is the only network to boast three hit late-night shows, thanks to the addition of “@midnight.”
Watch Stephen Colbert”s comedy evolution, starting with his 1995 “Exit 57” show on Comedy Central
Colbert co-starred with Amy Sedaris on the one-season series, before going on to “The Dana Carvey Show” the next year.
NBC will air “Rosemary”s Baby” during May sweeps – it”ll battle “Grey”s Anatomy” season finale
The two-part miniseries will air on Mother”s Day, May 11, and Thursday, May 15.
“Cuz-Bros” reunites “Enlisted” stars
The CBS comedy pilot has added Parker Young to a cast that already includes Geoff Stults.
“Tosh.0” production assistant was accidentally killed by an L.A. Sheriff deputy
John Winkler, 30, was mistaken for a knife-wielding assailing at a West Hollywood apartment when he was only trying to help. Winkler was killed in the same complex that ex-“Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky lives in. On Tuesday, she noted that two people had been stabbed in her building in the past week.
TCM”s Mickey Rooney marathon expanded to 24 hours
Turner Classic Movies will kick off the marathon Sunday at 6 am ET with “Broadway to Hollywood.”
Watch Seth Rogen”s “SNL” promos with Ed Sheeran
He”s sandwiched between two gingers.
In defense of “Justified” Season 5
Season 5 was one of the best seasons, says David Chute, because it “was able to overcome the Not-as-Good-as-Mags-Bennett curse by not placing the entire adversarial burden on a single pair of shoulders, but by parceling out among several excellent actors another close-knit backwoods criminal clan.”
Rob Lowe: “Californication”s” Eddie Nero was one of my all-time favorite roles
Lowe answered questions on Reddit today, and wrote: “I could play Eddie Nero for 100 years. And NEVER get bored. I will miss him SO MUCH when Californication ends. But he is based on all of the demented, pretentious, intellectual, sexually confused, A-list Academy Award winning movie stars that I know.”
“Mork & Mindy” reunite on “The Cray Ones”
“It's been what? 32 years,” Robin Williams joked of his reunion with Pam Dawber. “I remember there were three cameras and they shot on film.”
USA unveils its “Rush” medical drama promo
Tom Elias plays an on-call doctor who”s highly discreet.
Watch the “Covert Affairs” Season 5 promo
The USA series returns in June.