I have interviewed a lot of actors and directors. When I tell people I interviewed someone famous, their first question is always the same: “Were they nice?” It’s usually hard to say; you don’t get much time with these filmmakers and they’re typically on their best behavior because they want you to write nice things about them. Interviewing a director is like being on a reality show: I’m not there to make friends.
The Daily Show has gone on long enough that you’d have a hard time picking any one dream cast to reunite. Nevertheless, Stephen Colbert may have found it, setting joint Late Show appearances for Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Samantha Bee and more.
The satirical “Stephen Colbert” has made enough Late Show returns that the Colbert Report reprisal is almost old-hat, though there’s something to be said for the character’s fallen inspiration. As such, watch the fictional Colbert say goodbye to spiritual mentor Bill O’Reilly, following the Fox News host’s Wednesday ouster.
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has taken unorthodox steps to reach the President, buying stealthily educational ad time during the Fox News shows Trump is known to watch. The same was true of Oliver filling the advertiser void from Bill O’Reilly’s show with a sexual harassment PSA, one a cable affiliate actually took him up on.
Revered though it was, Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show never quite reached the heights of its former Daily Show-Colbert pairing. We’ll see if the next attempt does any better, as Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper will soon lead his own 11:30 P.M. show, starting as early as this fall.
Stephen Colbert may finally have hit his stride on CBS, but can The Late Show reach the incisive heights of The Colbert Report? We may never need to find out, as the fictional “Stephen Colbert” once again puts in an appearance, this time taking on Trump’s draconian budget.
AMC isn’t about tot let go of its signature Walking Dead aftershow Talking Dead, nor its Fear-ful or Saul-acious counterparts, but it seems the gig is finally fulltime. Chris Hardwick will lead a Talking With Chris Hardwick weekly series when neither Walking Dead is in session.
We’re still waiting on Jon Stewart’s official return after signing an HBO contract, but Stephen Colbert has thus far afforded the former Daily Show host ample opportunity to have his voice heard. Case in point, Stewart makes yet another Late Show return, as he and Colbert make sense of Trump’s relationship with the press.
The late-night wars have seen a surprising shift in recent months, as Colbert’s Late Show begins to overtake Fallon’s Tonight Show ratings, but might we be in for another shake-up soon? Perhaps over at ABC, as Jimmy Kimmel is apparently considering leaving Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2019.
We may have seen the last of Key & Peele’s famous anger translation sketch with Keegan-Michael Key’s Luther and Jordan Peele’s Obama, but don’t expect either to give up the ghost for good. Peele briefly brought Obama back for a Late Night With Seth Meyers appearance, albeit without needing the filter that Luther provides.