It wasn’t so long ago that Netflix venturing into talk shows seemed like a strange concept, and with Bill Nye Saves the World preparing for an April debut, Netflix is rethinking Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea. Season 2 will move to a weekly format that better fits the show’s viewers, as revealed in a new teaser for the April premiere.
We’re all fatigued enough to the point that reality and the daily news cycle have begun blending together, so allow Stephen Colbert to sharpen that point. On a pike, specifically, as Colbert throws presidential advisor Stephen Miller onto Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and more to test his “I’m prepared to go on any show” claim.
We’re still waiting on more formal details of Jon Stewart’s new HBO project, but if the former Daily Show host wants to return to The Late Show night after night, who are we to judge? Watch Stewart debut his new fashion (and a few executive orders) with his latest late-night return.
There’s a certain theatrical nihilism to Donald Trump that lends itself well to Batman’s greatest nemesis, as we’ve seen Mark Hamill repeatedly demonstrate with his Joker-ized take on Trump tweets. As it turns out, the parallel works eerily well with other Jokers, as The Daily Show discovers with horrifying precision.
If ever conservative madmen escaped into the real world, Stephen Colbert would be judge. The Late Show host’s not-quite Colbert Report alter-ego returned to have the final “Werd” on Barack Obama’s presidency, the full clip of which you can watch right now.
There’s been enough turnover in late-night over the last year that Conan O’Brien’s Conan has often turned to high-concept hours and trips to steer attention, having kept steady on TBS for several years. Now, a shakeup may see Conan shifted to a weekly format, akin to Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
Whether or not you believe that Trump’s Hamilton controversy with VP-Elect Mike Pence was intended to draw attention from the Trump University settlement, it certainly made for one of the more unusual Presidential feuds in history, Hamilton included. So much so, that Stephen Colbert sought to enter the conflict into history with its own Hamilton-esque hip-hop musical.
Now that Jon Stewart is off in the wilderness of HBO, perhaps no late-night voices kept us so sane through 2016 as Samantha Bee and John Oliver. We already knew the latter would be back, but now TBS confirms Full Frontal With Samantha Bee will return for Season 2 in 2017, and on a new night at that.
The coming weeks will see a great deal of digital ink devoted to the discarded material and pivots that late-night hosts faced in the wake of Tuesday’s election, and perhaps none would have been so biting as Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee. Now, Bee shows us “A Beautiful, Faraway Dream,” returning Jon Stewart and news anchors from all over to celebrate what might have been.
Little in America went the way people expected in Election 2016, and anyone watching Stephen Colbert’s live 2016 Showtime special can certainly attest to that. The mood was one of shock, far more than laughter, but leave it to Colbert to still get audiences on their feet with a rousing, sober (barely) assessment of the world going forward.