With just three weeks into the New Year, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert is one of the most anticipated shows of 2015. Scheduled to premiere on September 8, 2015, anticipation for the new show is already building, as we wait with bated breath for it’s arrival.
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.
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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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.
A recent article by Splitsider extols the virtue of Stephen’s religious faith and examines its impact on the Report. At the end, the author Devin Klos reveals a personal interaction with Stephen that is quite touching.
The Colbert Report’s chief mission, much like The Daily Show’s, is to expose truths within our society’s machinations (and make us laugh, obviously). Each night, they attempt to pull the curtain back to reveal that the all powerful Oz is just a man with special effects and a megaphone. Whereas most comedians go with the easy joke that religion is BS, that God is another version of this Oz to control the masses, Colbert wants us to look harder and realize that it’s the message and not the megaphone that matters.
Many years ago, I worked as an intern at The Daily Show. It was among the happiest achievements of my young life to that point. I was more than a bit star-struck to be in a space among so many people I respected and admit to being tongue-tied and feeling unworthy in such company. One afternoon, Stephen Colbert came in to the office. His show was about to premiere so he hadn’t spent much time in our studio. As he walked past me at my cubicle, he stopped and said, “You’re a new face, what’s your name?” I didn’t know what to really say, so I replied, “Oh, I’m just an intern.”
Colbert looked at me a moment and then said: “Just an intern? Hey, look, everybody starts somewhere. I was just an understudy at one point, but that’s just a point in time. It’s not about where you are now, or even where you hope to go, it’s who you are that matters. I’m Stephen, who are you?” I introduced myself and we shook hands. “Don’t let your place in the world dictate who you are to anyone. We all have the same merit.” Then he was gone, but his words lingered.
Full article: Splitsider
Speaking at International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, Les Moonves, the President and CEO of CBS, gave the first indication of what is to come from CBS’ new look late night line up. While discussing the increasing convergence of traditional media and online content, Moonves discussed his anticipation of a much more social media-savvy late night pairing with the incoming Stephen Colbert (‘Late Show’) and James Corden (‘Late Late Show’).
“We’re looking forward to our new late night group of guys, where we have Colbert and Corden coming on, who are, you know, much more user-friendly in social networking. That’s gonna make a huge difference to I think our ratings, and hopefully our advertising.”
On December 18th, The Colbert Report had it’s beautiful swan song. It was a hit among critics and fans alike. (I’m still humming “We’ll Meet Again.”) This epic episode will never be forgotten. The Colbert Report will go down in television history. Here is what the press had to say about the finale and the end of The Report era. Please express your opinions in the comment section. We love to hear from you!
When I speak at law schools, I am always asked about the Colbert Super PAC “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” and its sibling 501(c)(4), “Colbert Super PAC Shhh.” Almost every time, someone asks, “How did you and Stephen Colbert plan the story line of his coverage of money in politics?”
The assumption at law schools, where law professors create a course by designing a complete blueprint for each subject, is that Stephen’s two years of on-air legal conversations on money and politics issues were planned and scripted in advance. Stephen certainly offered the American public a course in modern campaign finance law, but there never was a master plan for the discovery of the American campaign finance system’s peculiarities. Instead, our serial discussion evolved in wonderful spontaneity, appropriate to Stephen’s belief in the power of improvisation. One conversation simply led logically to another—unless Stephen got that wild look in his eyes and said “What if I did…?” (like “run for President of South Carolina”), and then the dialogue took an unexpected turn.
Full Article: TIME.com