When the call came, Michele Ganeless didn’t want to pick up the phone. Stephen Colbert was on the line, and the Comedy Central president had a feeling it was bad news. “There was a moment of, ‘I don’t know that I want to have this conversation because I’m afraid of what it’s going to be,’” she recalls. Sure enough, the star of the network’s longtime hit The Colbert Report told her he was leaving to take David Letterman’s coveted late-night slot on CBS. After hearing the news, “there was maybe a moment of perspiration,” she says with a laugh. Colbert’s departure will be a big test for Ganeless, who has worked at Comedy Central on and off since the channel’s birth in the early ’90s and was appointed president in 2007. In May, she announced Colbert’s replacement: Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore, whose satirical news-commentary show, The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore, will debut early next year.
Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, as well as comedian and actor Chris Hardwick helped honor Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central, at UJA-Federation of New York’s Broadcast, Cable & Film Division event on June 19th.
Guests from the media and entertainment industry turned out at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan to pay tribute to Ganeless for her leadership in philanthropy and business. They also enjoyed hearing Colbert quip, “Why is this night different from any other night? Because I’m usually just in a video.” As he presented Ganeless with her award, Colbert added, “Thank you for the privilege of honoring my dear friend, Michele. Thank you, Michele, for being the kind of friend I can still call a real friend and for guiding me for 26 years.”
Full Article: UJA Federation of New York.
The Comedy Central App will feature a robust lineup of content free to all users, including the most recent season of “South Park” and next-day availability of Comedy Central’s late-night lineup of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report” and its new late-night hit “@midnight.” In addition, all app users will be able to preview two yet-to-premiere new series, the animated “Trip Tank” and uncensored stand-up series “Comedy Underground with Dave Attell.” Users will also have access to original short-form content.
“The Comedy Central app is a seamless extension of the brand that gives fans access to their favorite Comedy Central content instantly and anywhere,” said Michele Ganeless, President, Comedy Central. “It is homescreen-worthy and an incredible platform for viewing and sharing our programming.”
Fans who sign in via their cable or satellite provider will be able to dive into a treasure trove of additional content featuring close to 200 episodes of hit series, stand-up specials and shorts including advance episodes of the new season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” premiering exclusively in the app one week prior to their premiere on Comedy Central, as well as full seasons of “Tosh.0,” “Broad City,” “Workaholics,” “Kroll Show,” “Futurama,” “Review,” “Trip Tank,” “Chappelle’s Show,” Comedy Central stand-up series and specials and more.
Source: Comedy Central Press.
Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central have been nominated for “Hottest Late-Night Host” and “Hottest Network for Comedy” at Adweek’s Readers Choice Hot List, 2013. Winners will be revealed on December 2nd, 2013.
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Stephen Colbert and his viewers learned the hard way on Tuesday night that MTV’s Video Music Awards are still a force in television and the music industry that is not to be trifled with.
“The Colbert Report” had advertised with fanfare that Daft Punk, the elusive French D.J. duo, would appear on its annual music show. The booking was a coup, since Daft Punk’s media appearances are very rare, and also demonstrated the cachet that Mr. Colbert and his show have acquired. Even the night before, it seemed, everything appeared to be on track. “Stephest Colbchella ’013 starts tomorrow 8/6 with Daft Punk!” Mr. Colbert tweeted late Monday.
But as revealed on the show, the band cancelled because of its obligations to MTV’s awards, where, Mr. Colbert seemed happy to note, Daft Punk was set to make a “surprise” appearance on Aug. 25.
Comedy Central is expanding its late-night block with a new show hosted by comedian/producer Chris Hardwick and co-produced by Funny Or Die. The untitled show, which will launch in the fall, will air four nights a week at midnight, following The Colbert Report, giving the network a 11 PM-12:30 AM block anchored by The Daily Show. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will serve as executive producers/showrunners on the Chris Hardwick show, returning to Comedy Central, where they co-created and starred on the cult series Reno 911!
The show, Comedy Central’s first midnight strip, will be formatted as a comedic panel show that will have a heavy social-media presence integrated throughout. It is produced by Comedy Central and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny Or Die, with Brillstein Entertainment Partners expected to executive produce along with Serious Business (Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler, Jon Zimelis) and Nerdist Industries, Hardwick and Peter Levin’s production company for multi-platform genre and pop culture content. In addition to the 11:30 PM broadcast late-night talk shows, Comedy Central’s Chris Hardwick program will face another new midnight cable strip — TBS’ series toplined by comedian Pete Holmes, which also is slated to launch in the fall and air four nights a week.
In head-to-head competition, COMEDY CENTRAL was the choice among the crucial youth vote who tuned into the award-winning political coverage of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” in greater numbers than Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN in the head-to-head battle during the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, FL.
Going up against the cable news networks, COMEDY CENTRAL’s late night block from 11:00 p.m.-midnight was the top-rated and most-viewed among Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-24. The block also won the week over both MSNBC and CNN among the coveted advertiser demographic of Adults 18-49.
NEW YORK, August 15, 2012 — Fans of COMEDY CENTRAL and its political satire coverage by “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “Indecision 2012” can now express themselves by wearing, drinking and adorning their walls with smart, funny and election-inspired merchandise. COMEDY CENTRAL and Urban Outfitters have signed a retail partnership with all products exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and all 157 locations in the United States participating, beginning on Wednesday, August 15. Items will also be available at urbanoutfitters.com .
For the first time, retail merchandise from COMEDY CENTRAL’s “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and “Indecision 2012” such as graphic tees, mugs, tumblers, posters and buttons, designed by the shows, will be available in stores with the “Indecision 2012” collection as the first exclusive product collaboration for Urban Outfitters with a TV network.
Full Press Release: Comedy Central Press.