Feb 23

Television Academy Announces Rule Changes to Primetime Emmy Awards Variety Series Category

The Television Academy has announced changes to the rules governing entry into the various Primetime Emmy Awards categories. The changes are designed to better “reflect the increasingly varied and expanding television landscape.” The most notable change affecting ‘The Colbert Report’ and the ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ is the division of the “Variety Series” category:

Split of Variety Series Category: The Variety Series category is now split – Outstanding Variety Talk, to be awarded during the Primetime Emmy telecast, and Outstanding Variety Sketch, to be included in the Creative Arts Emmy program.

Feb 13

Stephen Colbert Featured on the Cover of ‘Irish America’ Magazine

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Stephen Colbert is featured on the cover of the February/March 2015 issue of Irish America Magazine. The magazine also features the article ‘Stephen Colbert: One Last Report (It’s Genealogical)‘ by genealogist Megan Smolenyak who embarks on an ancestral tour of Stephen’s almost pure Irish roots.

Stephen’s ancestry was first looked at in depth back in 2010, when he was featured on the second episode of ‘Faces of America‘ with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS. Gates also wrote the accompanying book,’Faces of America: How 12 Extraordinary People Discovered their Pasts‘, which goes into more detail about the interviewees ancestry.

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Feb 06

SNL’s Lorne Michaels Regrets Passing on Stephen Colbert

Lorne Michaels and Stephen ColbertThe Hollywood Reporter‘ is releasing a special ‘Saturday Night Live’ themed magazine edition ahead of the shows 40th Anniversary Special which is set to air on February 15th, 2015. The magazine features a reflective interview with the show’s creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, in which he talks about some of the major performers who auditioned for the show but were turned down.

Even the best guts in the business can miss. Whom did you overlook that you kicked yourself over later?

Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell auditioned. There were lots of people who you’d see how brilliant they were, but you knew on some level that it wasn’t going to work. Lisa Kudrow gave a brilliant audition, but it was at the time when it was Jan Hooks and Nora [Dunn]. I wasn’t at the Jim Carrey audition, but somebody who was there said, “I don’t think Lorne would like it,” and they were probably wrong, but it doesn’t matter. Or maybe they were right — who knows? No one gets it all right.

Full Interview:The Hollywood Reporter

What do you think Hubsters. Would you have liked to have seen Stephen Colbert as a ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member? Do you think he would make a good guest host? Or are you struggling to comprehend what life would be like if ‘The Colbert Report’ did not exist?

Jan 31

Dixon Talent Acquired by WME-IMG

One of New York’s top independent talent managers is joining the growing WME-IMG fold.

James Dixon, whose Dixon Talent represents Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, among others, is selling his business to the sports and entertainment behemoth that has been on a buying spree of late. Dixon’s A-list clients are expected to remain with the firm.

Dixon, whose small management company has amassed an enviable roster of clients, including comic Adam Carolla, ESPN’s Bill Simmons and The Voice host Carson Daly, will remain a separate entity under the WME-IMG banner, rather than being integrated into the bigger fold. The acquisition will boost WME-IMG’s roster of top comics and TV broadcasters. The company already represents Chris Matthews and Charlie Rose, among others in that space.

“James has built his business on two core philosophies that are intrinsic to WME-IMG: a belief in great talent and applying an entrepreneurial approach to representation,” WME-IMG co-CEO Patrick Whitesell tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Adds co-CEO Ari Emanuel: “We look forward to extending his business even further through the resources WME-IMG has to offer across each of its divisions.”

Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.

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Jan 20

‘The Colbert Report’ Best of 2014 Articles

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It is no surprise to us, the Colbert Nation, that The Colbert Report was cited in many Best of 2014 articles. The last year of The Report will never be forgotten. This groundbreaking show will live on forever. After all, “Stephen Colbert” is immortal. Check out these articles from around the web and give us your thoughts in the comment section.

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Jan 16

Stephen Colbert’s “The Alibi” Passed Over by HBO’s “Project Greenlight”

Last December we reported that “The Alibi”, a comedy scripted by Stephen Colbert about a service that cleans up messes and creates cover stories for cheating spouses, had moved forward in production.

The New York Times” recently report that:

“As for Miramax, the company has its logo on the new movie and is finally getting cash flow from scripts once thought dead. […] while a third, written by Stephen Colbert and titled “The Alibi,” has been picked up by HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” the old reality competition that is being revived for 2015.”

The article was later corrected, stating that the script had not in fact been picked up by “Project Greenlight”.

“The Alibi” has not been picked up by HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” the old reality competition that is being revived for 2015. (“The Alibi” was considered for the show, but then “Greenlight” executives decided to move forward with a different script.)

But perhaps, more importantly, given the age of the script, how much of the current version is Stephen Colbert’s original work? If it were to be put into production, would Stephen be as proud of “The Alibi” now as he was when he first wrote it?

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Jan 13

The ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ to Premiere in September [Update]

The ‘Late Show’ will premiere Tuesday, September 8, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler announced Monday morning at the Television Critics Associations’ semi-annual press tour.

“With an election year, it’s going to be nice to have the smartest guy in the room on at 11:30 p.m.,” she said. Last April, CBS announced that Colbert would succeed David Letterman.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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