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Who Will Rule Late Night?

4/29/2009 10:24am EDT
The Colbert Report
Late night will soon be up for grabs. With Jay Leno leaving the Tonight Show and moving into primetime, late night talk show hosts are going to be battling it out to have the number one show in late night. From Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon, there will be competition amongst late night talk show hosts to attain viewers, create stronger monologues, and land A-list celebrities. But out of all of these talk show hosts, who will rule late night?

Conan O'Brien

If you didn't know already, beginning in June Conan O'Brien will be the new Tonight Show host following in the footsteps of J...

A Conversation With Aasif Mandvi From 'The Daily Show'

4/14/2009 10:22am EDT
Aasif Mandvi
It's one thing to be hired, right there, on the spot for a job. A strange combination of joy for getting the position and fear because, well, they want you to start right now. Now, imagine the same scenario but it involved going on television in front of a live studio audience and millions of people at home. This is what happened to current Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi the day he auditioned for his job. Aasif discusses in depth his experience on The Daily Show and why he is such a supporter of Kal Penn's recent career change.

Mike: You were born in Bombay, now Mumbai, right?


Live Oscar Blog: Follow And Participate In Our Live Reactions To The Oscars

2/22/2009 6:00pm EST
Live Oscar Blog
Perhaps the least hyped, most yawn-inducing Academy Awards ceremony in history is upon us -- we aren't going to sugarcoat it, folks. Could they at least move the Best Supporting Actor award until last? At least build some kind of suspense for casual viewers? Is it too late to call Jon Stewart? The good news: at 8:30 PM EST our own Mike Ryan will be live blogging the entire thing. Join him live tonight as he tries to make it through the entire ceremony alive; feel free to ask questions and interact in the comments, we will be checking them.

(This page will refresh automatically every tw...

Movies With Best Ensemble Casts

2/9/2009 5:13pm EST
Sometimes a single actor makes a film, and sometimes too many egos don't fit on the same screen, but when you find a group of talented actors who manage to make it look like they're having the time of their lives, then the audience wants to be a part of the magic. Chemistry can't be faked. Whether He's Just Not That Into You, starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Connolly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Bradley Cooper, and Scarlett Johansson will be one of those remarkable collaborations remains to be seen. In the meantime, here's a little taste...

Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

1/27/2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...

'Important Things With Demetri Martin' Premieres Feb. 11 On Comedy Central

1/25/2009 6:30pm EST
Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin launches potentially the most important TV show ever of all time, "Important Things with Demetri Martin," a sketch comedy series premiering on Wednesday, February 11 at 10:30 p.m.

Stand-up comedian, Emmy®-losing writer and all-around person, Demetri Martin is the creator, executive producer and star of "Important Things with Demetri Martin." In this sketch comedy series, Martin mixes stand-up comedy, sketches, animation, studio bits, and music to explore one "important thing" per episode - like Power, Safety or Chairs. Demetri's jokes, drawings and hair will play major...

2008 Overrated/Underrated Awards

1/16/2009 12:55pm EST
Katy Perry
All this year we've used this space to chronicle the annals of pop culture. Specifically, whether or not certain members of this all-encompassing umbrella term are overrated or underrated.

The time has come to focus our microscope a little more sharply and turn our critical eye on the year that was.

So, here they are, the first annual All Overrated/Underrated Awards in the fields of music, television and film.


The "'Everywhere' by Michelle Branch" Award for Most Underrated Record of the Year:

The Winner is: "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster) by Gnarls Barkley


'The Daily Show' Goes Live Inauguration Day

1/14/2009 6:00pm EST
The Daily Show
The Daily Show is set to go live next Tuesday, January 20th, at 11pm (10pm central) for the Presidential Inauguration. Join Jon Stewart and the rest of The Daily Show correspondents as they welcome the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Below are a few clips from the show highlighting George W. Bush's eight years in office.

The Daily Show profiles the final days of Bush's years in office as Barack Obama waits in the wings:

The Bush Years: Farewell, Mr. President

George W. Bush makes his case for the most bumbling presidency in history:

The B...

Kick Off The New Year With A Laugh From These Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Clips

1/1/2009 4:00pm EST
Jon Stewart
With 2009 finally here, Comedy Central has put together some great videos from everyone’s favorite ‘fake’ news anchors. Below you’ll find a Hanukkah mash-up from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the entire WristStrong saga from Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert light up the Jewish holiday over the years with their own special tributes.

"The Daily Show" Hanukkah Mash-Up:

Relive the entire WristStrong saga from fracture to phenomenon.

Stephen Colbert’s WristStrong Saga:

About “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”: ...

The Best Of A Bad Year: 2008

12/30/2008 10:50am EST
The Wrestler
(Truth Justice and Gordon Shumway - weekly column) I'm not going to lie to you, 2008 was a pretty terrible year. But, over here at "TJAGS" we're not going to focus on the bad; instead, let's focus on ten good things that happened during the past year. Not just good things, not just great things, but some may be inclined to call call them the ten "best" things to happen, at least in the world of entertainment, in 2008.

Hey, if you feel I missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. In fact, let's make this one big love fest for what was the year 2008 before we, you know, tell...

Spotlight On Jon Stewart

12/8/2008 10:43am EST
Jon Stewart
If someone said years ago that Jon Stuart Leibowitz would become one of the respected and beloved comedians in the world, he would have been the first person to start laughing. After all, he was "that dude" from movies like "Half Baked," "The Faculty," and "Playing by Heart." He changed his name in Hollywood to Jon Stewart, and "The Jon Stewart Show" was canceled after a very short life span. He was a somewhat successful stand up comedian, and hosted "Short Attention Span Theater" on Comedy Central and an MTV show called "You Wrote It, You Watch It." Neither of which did particularly well. ...

Writer's Viewpoint: A Visit To 'Inside The Actor's Studio' With Josh Brolin

12/2/2008 1:53pm EST
Josh Brolin
There is always a peculiar aura in the air when James Lipton shows up on my television screen; I am quite transfixed with pure unadulterated fascination. Having said that, it should come to no one's surprise that I did not think twice when given the chance to attend a taping of "Inside the Actor's Studio" and be in the presence of Mr. Lipton once again (I had once seen him walk by me at a New York Mets game. Although I do hold out hope, I doubt he remembers me.)

Recorded on a blistering cold (well, not quite but it sounds good for effect) evening at Pace University, the guest of honor ...

'A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!' Debuts Nov. 23; DVD Out Nov. 25

11/19/2008 5:00pm EST
Stephen Colbert
This year, a great American holiday tradition is born – watching "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!," Stephen Colbert's one-hour original musical holiday special premiering Sunday, November 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

In the special, Colbert is on his way to perform with Elvis Costello in New York City but is trapped by snow in his cabin in upstate New York (bear country). Luckily, his friends Feist, Toby Keith, John Legend, Willie Nelson and Jon Stewart stop by to help him celebrate the season. "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" features orig...

'The Daily Show' And 'The Colbert Report' Live Election Night Special

11/4/2008 12:07pm EST
The Daily Show
For the first time ever, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will co-anchor from the same desk when "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" present "Indecision 2008: America's Choice," a LIVE Election Night primetime special, airing from 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT). "Indecision 2008: America's Choice" will originate from "The Daily Show's" New York-based studio which will be transformed for the momentous night into COMEDY CENTRAL's Election Center with a specially designed set for the primetime special.

"Indecision 2008: America's Choice" will ...

TV Election Personalities: Giving Fresh Faces To This Election

10/21/2008 11:52am EDT
The View
It's nearing the end of October; do you know whom you're voting for? Most likely, yes, you've known for a while. And, depending on whom you're voting for and whether you watch political news programs, you probably fall into one of a few categories. If you're a die hard McCainiac, you might spend your evenings listening to Bill O'Reilly tell his guests to shut up. If you're an Obama mama, you may tune into Keith Olbermann's incessant barking. If you're for either but want a seemingly nonaffiliated program that maintains some entertainment value, Anderson Cooper might be what you're looking f...

Ricky Gervais Tipped As 2009 Oscars Host

9/26/2008 7:30pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
British comedian Ricky Gervais is hotly tipped to host next year's Academy Awards. Gossips claim new Oscars bosses Laurence Mark and Bill Condon were impressed with The Office creator's laugh-raising stint at Sunday's Emmy Awards, and they want to audition him for the Oscars.

A source tells, "The buzz around town is that Ricky should host the Oscars."

Previous Oscars hosts have included Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Jon Stewart and Billy Crystal.

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Comedy Central's 'Fake' News Shows Entertain & Inform

9/15/2008 12:08pm EDT
The Daily Show
They have had Bill Clinton. They have had Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards (all in a single episode). They have had John McCain. They have had Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report" are on four days a week on Comedy Central. What they do has been categorized as "Fake News", a kind of comedy that has been made popular by "Saturday Night Live".

Stewart's show is a spoof of your nightly news complete with anchorman, "on location correspondents" (who are actually in front of a green screen right next to ...

The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

8/22/2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...

A Look At Adam Sandler's Standout Movies

6/5/2008 11:40am EDT
Adam Sandler
Of all the major stars today, not many cause such a divisive "love him or hate him" argument like Adam Sandler. Though if one can make it through the outstretched arms of his rabid fan base, and before you reach the angry mobs of critics and "haters" there is a very fascinating middle ground of people who are "intrigued" to say the least with Sandler's acting ability (in full disclosure the author of this piece falls into that "intrigued middle ground"). When given the right script Sander has proven time after time that he has true acting ability (see numbers 1, 3 and 5), and the intrigue ...

The Most Overrated & Underrated Talk Show Hosts

4/18/2008 9:22am EDT
Jon Stewart
In recent years, the late night talk show has given way to an avalanche of reruns and trash TV dotting the midnight landscape, making the late night chatfest in itself underrated.

Of course, there are still plenty of these shows to be found around the dial, especially on ABC, NBC and CBS (FOX apparently is still too shell-shocked from "The Chevy Chase Show" to attempt reentry into the fray). There are other spots where these shows can be found thanks to the advent of cable and satellite television leaving enough of a selection for viewers of divergent tastes to find the host they like...

Jon Stewart Hosts Comedy Central's 'Night Of Too Many Stars,' April 13, At 8pm

4/9/2008 6:01pm EDT
Jon Stewart
Comedy Central has announced that Kelsey Grammer, Ben Stiller, Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 and The Roots have been added to the line-up for its bi-annual live on-air special event, "Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education." On Sunday, April 13, at 8:00 p.m. ET, live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the benefit for Autism education programs will feature Jon Stewart hosting an evening filled with live performances, sketches and short films from a roster of comedy all-stars.

Performers raising money to help ease the severe shortage of effecti...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

4/7/2008 9:26am EDT
Samantha Who?
Monday, April 7

Samantha Who? (ABC, 9:31 p.m.) - The charming Christina Applegate sitcom is back and Sam's moving in with ex Todd and his new girlfriend. Welcome back, TV-manufactured awkwardness!

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Patricia Arquette's real-life sister, Rosanna Arquette, guest stars as a cougar with an appetite for seducing and killing men.

Tuesday, April 8

American Idol (FOX, 8 p.m.) - The final 8 take the stage.

Beauty and the Geek (The CW, 8 p.m.) - The geeks get transformed after tonight's makeovers. There is sure to be a couple of swans in the bunch.


Pop Culture Presidents: Campaigning in the Entertainment Spotlight

3/26/2008 4:23pm EDT
Barack Obama
The general election isn't until November, but already the competitive campaign season has tested the candidates. They need to be well-versed on foreign affairs, the economy, the war in Iraq and... pop culture? That's right, ladies and gentlemen. America's love fest with entertainment and celebrity just segued into a politics-meets-pop-culture frenzy.

Like any modern celeb, the candidates have to show a strong presence on the Internet. Especially prominent on the web is Senator Barack Obama. His public speaking savvy and themes of hope and change translate easily onto the pop culture s...

Life Imitating Art - Hottest Reality Show on Television: Presidential Election?

3/3/2008 1:44pm EST
Barack Obama
The strike is over. Reality programming rules the airwaves and scripted shows are on the horizon. Tomorrow, millions of Americans will gather in front of their televisions with bated breath, eager to watch: The results of the Texas and Ohio election primaries?

Commenting on this year's Presidential Election, comedian and faux-newsman Jon Stewart mined comedy gold while hosting this year's 80th Annual Academy Awards telecast:

"Democrats do have an historic race going. Hillary Clinton vs Barack Obama. Normally, when you see a black man or a woman president, an asteroid is about to ...

Minute-By-Minute Account Of The 80th Academy Awards

2/25/2008 8:35am EST
Jon Stewart
Only about 3,000 lucky spectators get to experience the majesty of Oscar night from inside the Kodak Theater, while the rest of us follow the action from our couch.

The following is minute-by-minute account from my couch. The snack of choice - frozen TGI Friday's Potato Skins. The drink of choice - selection of Henry Weinhardt's finest soft drinks.

For photos from the red carpet and show go here.

Now let's go to the play-by-play:

5:30 - So it appears the Oscars are delivered to the Kodak Theater by UPS through a digital dream world inhabited by all movie chase scenes. ...

Who Will Win An Academy Award? Check Our Oscar Preview For Our Predictions

2/21/2008 2:00pm EST
Oscar heavyweight No Country For Old Men
It's going to happen after all. For months Hollywood was left to wonder whether or not its crown jewel, the Oscars, would even go on. But with the strike resolved and plenty of time left to plan, tinsletown is certain to be completely alight once again this Sunday for yet another four or five or maybe even six hours in heaven.

But what should we expect from the first real movie awards show of the season? Probably some lame jokes, great performances and many upsets since the out-of-work voters actually had a chance to see all the nominees.

Most Anticipated Moment:

This has...

'1968 With Tom Brokaw' Premieres This Weekend

12/8/2007 9:15am EST
Tom Brokaw
Cities burned. Students marched. Idealism flourished. Drugs flowed. A nation mourned its slain leaders. It was a year both tragic and galvanizing. But was 1968 truly as revolutionary as it felt? Did its fury and pain propel us forward?

Now a new, two-hour special on The History Channel explores the significance of 1968 and the ways it continues to affect the American landscape. The special “1968 with Tom Brokaw” premieres Sunday, December 9 at 9-11pm ET/PT on The History Channel.

Brokaw, author of the newly released book BOOM! Voices of the Sixties, Personal Reflections on the ’6...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 28

11/28/2007 3:00am EST
Jon Stewart
Happy Birthday to rapper Chamillionaire (1979), busty model and gold digger Anna Nicole Smith (1967; d. 2007), Daily Show host Jon Stewart (1962), Breakfast Club member Judd Nelson (1959), A History of Violence actor Ed Harris (1950), Letterman's right-hand man Paul Shaffer (1949), film composer/musician Randy Newman (1943), actress Hope Lange (1931; d. 2003), and poet William Blake (1757; d. 1827).

Tony Bennett's 'The Ultimate American Songbook Vol 1.' And Christmas Album Reissue

9/13/2007 8:00pm EDT
Tony Bennett
The Ultimate American Songbook Vol. 1 is a dream project for Tony Bennett, who personally chose the 15-song program from his Columbia repertoire. Literally hundreds of singers have recorded versions of these songs over the years, but Tony Bennett is in the rare class of artists who actually took part in many of the original presentations. The songs on this definitive collection of popular standards cover three distinct decades of recording by Tony Bennett on Columbia:

The 1950s: 1958's "Ev'ry Time We Say Good­bye" originally from the 1944 Cole Porter Broadway musical, Seven Lively Ar...

FOX Announces Celebrity Guest Stars For 'Simpsons' 19th Season

7/23/2007 9:11am EDT
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart, Jack Black, Lionel Richie, Stephen Colbert, Matt Dillon, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney are among the upcoming guest voices on the 19th season of The Simpsons airing Sundays (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Homer is flying high in the season premiere episode, "He Loves To Fly And He D'ohs," airing Sunday, Sept. 23 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT). After Homer saves Mr. Burns from drowning in a mall fountain, Burns thanks him by taking him on a whirlwind trip to Chicago on his private plane. Homer is smitten with the luxury jet and all the perks that come with it, inclu...