Latenight Gets Serious About Police Brutality

Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert criticized officers’ use of force against Black men, citing two cases in which traffic stops turned violent.

Colbert Gets Showtime Live Election Special

Stephen Colbert is heading back to Showtime for another live election night special. The host of The Late Show will front Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020. It marks the second live election special for Colbert after he hosted Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? in 2016.

Latenight Hosts Get Serious Over Racism

It has become a ritual — a somewhat inexplicable one, as TBS’s Conan O’Brien noted — for these comics to come on the air after acts of terrorism, school shootings or other national traumas to try to make sense of them for their audiences. “Today feels very different,” O’Brien said Monday night. “It doesn’t feel right to talk about my feelings of sadness and anger. That truly feels inadequate and somehow wrong.”

Stephen Colbert Is ‘Tooning Out the News’

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Late-night host Stephen Colbert has yet another outlet for satire: He’s producing a new series featuring animated characters who riff on current events and interview real newsmakers. “In a time of breaking news overload, ’Tooning Out the News’ is just what the doctor ordered,” Julie McNamara, original content executive for CBS […]

CBS Signs Stephen Colbert To 3-Year Extension

CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the Late Show host through at least August 2023. His current pact was set to expire next August.

Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Tops Latenight Demo Ratings

There’s a new leader in late night — barely. CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert has taken over the No. 1 ranking among adults 18-49, sneaking past The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. It’s the first time The Late Show has led the 18-49 demographic for a season to date since Colbert began his term as host in 2015.

Bret Baier Describes Car Flip Accident On Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’

Colbert Claims Severance Denied To Moonves

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is laying claim to the $120 million in severance that CBS’ board of directors said wouldn’t be paid to ousted former CEO Leslie Moonves — at least half of it. The late-night host joked, “the other half goes to Tom Selleck’s mustache.” Colbert didn’t avoid his network’s big news […]

Trump-Era Politics Can Sink Or Boost Careers

Entertainment companies are grappling with a fan base that is splintering into political factions as never before. Examples of fans embracing or rejecting entertainers because of their politics now occur regularly.

Q&A

The Triumph Of Stephen Colbert

Billy Bush: Trump Should Own Up To Tape

Stephen Colbert didn’t let Bush, in his first televised interview since the infamous Access Hollywood tape became public, get away with an easy self-exoneration.

Latenight Hosts Denounce Gun Violence

Latenight hosts dedicated a portion of their Monday night shows to speak out about gun violence in the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Jimmy Kimmel choked up in an emotional response to the deadly attack, while Seth Meyers had a pointed message for Congress.

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The Politicization of Latenight TV

Unlike Carson and Leno, Steve Colbert and and Jimmy Kimmel, the reigning latenight hosts at CBS and ABC, respectively, are not hesitating to take on the sitting president and his policies. And in the case of Colbert, his fans have now have an expectation that he will lead the anti-Trump resistance.

Showtime OKs Trump Animated Series From Colbert

FCC: No Punishment For Colbert Trump Joke

An FCC found that Stephen Colbert’s risque joke about President Donald Trump.did not warrant punishment.

Colbert Responds To Trump’s Insults: ‘I Won’

Some people would be upset if the president of the United States said they had no talent, but Stephen Colbert was downright giddy about it on Thursday night. The host of CBS’S The Late Show opened Thursday’s broadcast by firing back at President Trump, who said in an interview with Time magazine that Colbert was “a no-talent guy,” “filthy” and not funny.

Trump Blasts Cuomo, Lemon, Colbert

President Donald Trump says he thinks CNN’s Chris Cuomo looks like a “chained lunatic” on television. CNN’s Don Lemon is “perhaps the dumbest person is broadcasting” and CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert is a “no-talent guy” who talks “filthy.”

Pai: FCC To Review Colbert Joke Complaints

Ajit Pai said in a radio interview that his agency would determine if a joke told by the CBS latenight host warranted further action.

Colbert: No Regrets Over Trump Insults

The CBS latenight host defends his monologue that included a crude sexual reference on the relationship between the presidents of the United States and Russia and has since prompted calls to fire him and boycott Late Show advertisers.

Colbert In Hot Water Over Trump Joke

Stephen Colbert (That Other One) Returns

Colbert brings back his tongue-in-cheek conservative pundit character to analyze President Trump’s budget on CBS’s Late Show.

Colbert Goes Live To Dissect Trump’s Address

OVERNIGHTS

Stephen Colbert Takes First Again On Tuesday

He averages a 2.4 in households in latenight as he reunites with Comedy Central bud Jon Stewart. That’s two straight nightly wins. Meanwhile, in primetime, it’s a slow night packed with repeats.

Stephen Colbert To Host Emmys On CBS In Sept.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert will host the annual Emmy Awards telecast, this year to be shown on his home network of CBS. The annual awards show honoring the best in television will take place on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles. Colbert is host of the “Late Show” on CBS, and the former host […]

Colbert Sets Live ‘Late Shows’ Election Week

The two live telecasts will air in the regular CBS Late Show slot — 11:35 p.m. ET — on Monday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 9. 

Colbert To Do Election Night Special On Showtime

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News will be in election night coverage mode on Nov. 8, but that won’t stop Stephen Colbert from trying to find something funny about the day’s events. Showtime announced Monday that Colbert will host a live, one-hour election night special from the same Ed Sullivan Theater where the comic tapes […]

Colbert, Showtime In Talks For Election Special

EVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Showtime is in talks with Stephen Colbert to host a live election-night comedy special, the channel’s chief executive said. “I think it’s going to happen,” Showtime CEO David Nevins told a TV critics meeting Thursday. “Stephen wants to do it, I want to do it,” he said. The idea is […]

Colbert To Air Live After Presidential Debates

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — Stephen Colbert, who capitalized on the political conventions with live airings of his late-night show, will do the same for the presidential and vice presidential debates. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will air live on CBS after the scheduled Sept. 26 and Oct. 19 debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald […]

Legal Quandary: Can Colbert Be Colbert?

Lawyers representing Late Show host Stephen Colbert’s old employer Comedy Central complained to CBS after he revived the character he played under his own name on The Colbert Report — a clueless, full-of-himself cable news host. They said that the character “Stephen Colbert” was their intellectual property, “which is surprising, since I never considered that guy much of an intellect,” Colbert said on the Late Show on Wednesday.

 

ELECTION 2016

Stephen Colbert Crashes RNC Stage In Prank

CLEVELAND (AP) — A video posted online shows “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert taking over the microphone on stage in Cleveland in a “Hunger Games” themed prank at the site of the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday. The video shows Colbert behind the podium saying it’s his honor “to hereby launch and begin the […]

Stephen Colbert Gets Tips From David Letterman

Why Colbert Could Be CBS’s Latenight Driver

Talent and timing can be a formidable combination. Throw in media savvy and a get-along attitude, and Stephen Colbert is increasingly looking like the potential answer to CBS’s latenight prayers.

Stephen Colbert, The New Latenight Hope

Stephen Colbert is approaching his own transformative moment, when he will become the second person to host The Late Show, CBS’s marquee late-night franchise, succeeding David Letterman, for whom it was created. Can he shed the ironist’s mask he wore on The Colbert Report and turn himself into the genial master of ceremonies that an 11:35 p.m. network show requires? And can he do it without sacrificing the irreverence and erudition that made his Comedy Central series a welcome antidote to a poisonous political era?

Jeb Bush To Be Stephen Colbert’s First Guest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush will be an opening-night guest on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show. In a tweet posted Tuesday, the former “Colbert Report” host said Bush will join him on the Sept. 8 debut of CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “My first GOP candidate!” his Twitter post said, […]

Colbert Auction Helps Raise $800K For Schools

NEW YORK (AP) — Money from the auction of the desk and set of “The Colbert Report” will help thousands of school kids in comedian Stephen Colbert’s native South Carolina. Colbert announced on Thursday that, along with donations from Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, $800,000 has been raised to fund every classroom project South Carolina […]

Stephen Colbert Retires ‘Report,’ Host

Nine years of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell. He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa’s sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don’t ask).

Goodbye, Nation, Goodbye, Blowhard Self

After nine years nurturing his TV persona of a conservative talk show host, Stephen Colbert will bid farewell to the other Stephen Colbert on Thursday.

Stephen Colbert To Host Kennedy Center Honors

‘Colbert Report’ Sets Date For Final Show

Tax Breaks Help Keep Colbert In New York

CBS will be eligible to receive at least $11 million in tax credits over five years for continuing to broadcast The Late Show from New York and will have access to $5 million in grants for renovations to the Ed Sullivan Theatre. In turn, the network has committed to providing 200 jobs.