Comedian Jon Stewart has become the last of the long-running U.S. late night hosts to step down after revealing he plans to quit The Daily Show later this year (15). Stewart, who made the announcement during Tuesday's (10Feb15) taping of his political satire programme, has fronted the popular, multi-award-winning comedy programme for 17 years.
Confirming the news, Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central, the network behind The Daily Show says, "For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honour and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera.
"Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."
Stewart took over the popular show in 1999, and has won 18 Emmy Awards, including 10 consecutive wins for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series.
Stewart stepped down from his hosting duties in the summer of 2013 to direct political drama Rosewater, and recently hinted to Jerry Seinfeld in his webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that he would have no qualms about leaving the programme in the near future.
When asked where he saw himself in 10 years, Stewart replied, "Putting in 15 years - nobody's going to do 30 years of television again. I'm not interested in just going in and hitting the ruts that I've worn out.
"It's going to be time to hand it off, and go, 'I'm kind of out.' That doesn't mean I don't still love doing it. But I'm finally getting to the place in my head where I'm like, 'When it goes, I'm gonna be very OK with that."
Stewart's former Daily Show regular-turned-show host Stephen Colbert wrapped up his The Colbert Report on Comedy Central late last year (Dec14) after announcing he would be replacing outgoing The Late Show host David Letterman.
Craig Ferguson also stepped down as the host of The Late Late Show in December (14) and will be replaced permanently next month (Mar15) by fellow Brit James Corden.
James Corden has been dismissed as just a "tubby kid" from Britain by U.S. TV veteran David Letterman in a scathing attack ahead of the actor's late night talk show debut later this year (15). The British sitcom star has been tapped to replace Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show and is due to begin his new job at the end of March (15).
Ferguson left the show in December (14) and a number of guest hosts have been filling the vacant slot before Corden takes over.
Letterman made an appearance on the show this week (beg26Jan15) and discussed Corden's absence with guest host Regis Philbin, blasting the British newcomer and questioning his commitment to the job.
The veteran TV star, who has been a late night regular for more than 30 years, told Philbin, "Did they give you this show? I thought it was that chubby guy that got the show, from Great Britain, from England... Why isn't he ready? Well, let me ask you a question. When they said to you: 'Regis, come to New York and do a show?', did you say: 'Meh, I need four to five months to put my things in order'? No. You were here. You were here Monday, right?... They call you Friday, you're here Monday. Where's the tubby kid who's taking over the show?... How bad does he want to do a show? Where is he? Why are we talking to you?... Where is he?...
"I'm just saying, if I've invested my money in a guy to do a show and he says: 'I'm going to need a couple of months', I think that's a flag... This guy... Is he even in this country? Don't you think that's a question that should be answered - where is the guy? I do... Let me tell you this, and God forbid, I don't wish ill on anyone but I think something's gone wrong or he'd be here."
Corden, who was announced as the new host in September (14), is due to make his debut on 23 March (15).
Actor Wendell Pierce led the cast of his new civil rights movie Selma in a public protest on Sunday (14Dec14) by wearing T-shirts referencing the police killing of unarmed black man Eric Garner ahead of the film's New York premiere. The Wire star joined forces with co-stars including David Oyelowo, E. Roger Mitchell, Andre Holland and Lorraine Toussaint, and director Ava DuVernay to wear black T-shirts with the words, "I can't breathe" printed across the chest.
Staten Island resident Garner was heard uttering the phrase over and over again as he gasped for breath after a cop placed him in an apparent chokehold during an arrest in July (14), when he had been caught illegally selling cigarettes.
His death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner, but a grand jury chose not to indict the officer responsible for his passing earlier this month (Dec14) - sparking widespread protests across the U.S., where demonstrators were already angry over another grand jury's decision not to prosecute the cop who fatally shot Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown in August (14).
The stars of Selma made their support for the calls for justice known on Sunday by posing for a group photo in their shirts on the steps of the New York Public Library, while holding up their hands.
The snap was taken shortly before the group headed to the Ziegfeld Theater for the Selma premiere, where Pierce decided to continue modelling his T-shirt for photographers.
The pre-premiere protest took place a day after thousands of activists took to the streets of the Big Apple to take part in the Millions March NYC, another demonstration over the Garner and Brown killings.
Oyelowo, who plays human rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film, recently expressed his hope that his movie would inspire campaigners to keep the protests peaceful.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, "Thankfully, we're seeing a lot of the same good sides of protests happening with these protests - i.e. that they are non-violent, and that we are now seeing black and white and everything in between coming together against injustice. I think that the next step for us to be able to really articulate our demands. What is it we want out of this? In Selma, it was voting rights, and now it's police reform. We needed federal intervention for the verdict situation (in Selma); I would say we need the same thing for the police. Who's going to police the police? We really need to press to the government that this cannot go on."
Heavy rockers Metallica have booked a week-long TV residency on outgoing U.S. late-night host Craig Ferguson's The Late Late Show. The group will perform for five successive nights on the show in November (14).
The announcement comes just weeks after the Foo Fighters and special guests, including Heart and Rick Nielsen, performed a week-long residency on The Late Show With David Letterman, which hits the air in America just before Ferguson's programme.
Announcing the residency news, Metallica have released a statement which reads: "We're excited to celebrate Craig Ferguson's final season... as he has asked us to join him for an entire week of performances starting Monday, November 17th. We'll be playing every night that week and on the first night we'll sit down with Craig to chat about all things 'TALLICA."
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has been named the Sexiest Woman Alive in a new poll by Esquire magazine.
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star landed the U.S. publication's annual title for 2014, making her the eleventh celebrity to be given the accolade following previous winners including Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.
Cruz poses on the cover of next month's edition (Nov14) of the magazine in a low-cut, black swimming costume, and in the accompanying interview, Cruz explains why she is guarded about her private life with husband Javier Bardem, saying, "That is for us."
British actor James Corden's return to the Broadway stage has been postponed due to casting issues. The Begin Again star was set to return to the Great White Way in the spring (15) in the farcical Stephen Sondheim musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, but producers have put the project on hold.
A statement released by production spokesman Chris Boneau reads: "Despite the total commitment from Stephen Sondheim, our director, Alex Timbers, and our entire creative team, the producers all agreed that time was beginning to run out to cast and produce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum this spring in the way we wanted.
"While we are disappointed, we have decided to postpone the production this season."
Meanwhile, Corden, 36, was officially unveiled as successor to the current The Late Late Show host, Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson, on Monday (08Sep14). Ferguson will depart the talk show, which airs directly after The Late Show With David Letterman, in December (14).
Corden's Broadway debut in One Man, Two Guvnors earned him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
The Tony-winning A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum originally opened on Broadway in 1962, and was revived in 1972 and 1996, when Nathan Lane took on the leading role.
British actor and comedian James Corden is preparing to relocate to America after officially landing the role as the new host of TV's The Late Late Show. The Begin Again star will take over from fellow Brit Craig Ferguson, who will depart the programme after nine years as host in December (14).
Monday's (08Sep14) announcement from CBS network bosses comes a month after reports initially surfaced revealing Corden was the frontrunner for the job, and the 36 year old can't believe his luck.
A statement released by Corden reads: "I can't describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson.
"To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's No. 1 (sic) network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."
Corden is no stranger to U.S. audiences - he won a Tony Award in 2012 for his star turn in Broadway show One Man, Two Guvnors, while he also appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of The History Boys, and landed a role alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in comedy drama Begin Again, which was released earlier this year (14).
He is also set to hit the big screen as The Baker in the highly-anticipated Into the Woods movie musical, which will hit theatres in the U.S. at Christmas (25Dec14), and American cinema audiences will also be able to see him as Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts when hit 2013 biopic One Chance is released this autumn (14).
America's The Late Late Show airs Monday to Friday after The Late Show With David Letterman.
British actor James Corden is reportedly set to try and conquer late night TV in America by taking over The Late Late Show from departing host Craig Ferguson. In April (14), the Scottish comedian announced his plans to step down from the programme by the end of the year (14) after nine years at the helm of the off-beat chat show.
Now Corden, who is set to hit the big screen as The Baker in the highly-anticipated Into the Woods movie musical, is preparing to step into Ferguson's shoes, according to TheWrap.com.
Representatives for Corden, The Late Late Show network CBS and production company Worldwide Pants have yet to comment on the rumour.
News of Ferguson's exit emerged just weeks after TV legend David Letterman revealed he is planning to retire from The Late Show, which airs directly before The Late Late Show. Officials at Letterman's production firm, Worldwide Pants, helm Ferguson's programme.
Comedian Stephen Colbert has been handed the task of presenting The Late Show once Letterman bows out next year (15).
The Fourth Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards were held Thursday night, with AMC's Breaking Bad, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, and FX's Fargo coming away with the big wins. The awards, which are chosen by TV critics, have a knack for recognizing the programs and performances that are often overlooked by the other big television award shows. But do the slightly out-there nominees have a chance for gold when it comes to the Primetime Emmys? We've decided to predict the nominees and winners of this year's Emmys based on the winners of last nights Critics Choice Awards. The two award shows might have more winners in common than you would expect.
BEST DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsThe Americans Breaking BadGame of Thrones The Good Wife Masters of Sex True Detective
Emmy PredictionsBreaking BadGame of ThronesThe Good WifeHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Last year's Emmy winner, Breaking Bad, is coming off a fantastic final season, so it's hard to reason how Vince Gilligan's masterwork won't win the night's big award yet again. But on the slim chance that Bad doesn't win (and we mean slim), True Detective is the most sensible alternative. We don't expect low profile dramas like Masters of Sex and The Americans to be recognized by the Emmys, and the hype on Downton Abbey has cooled of considerably this year. Another Emmy favorite, Homeland, had its worst season yet last year, freeing the category up for some new blood.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsThe Big Bang Theory Broad City Louie Orange Is the New Black Silicon Valley Veep
Emmy PredictionsThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackParks and RecreationVeep
Freshman dramedy Orange Is the New Black will certainly get nominated at the Emmys, but we're doubtful that Netflix's prison series will win the top prize like it did at the Critics' Choice Awards, certainly not in a race that includes Modern Family. The juggernaut of a sitcom has won the category four times in a row, and there's nothing with enough buzz to stop it's warpath. Elsewhere, Critics' Choice nominees like Silicon Valley and Broad City are way off the Emmys radar, and don't stand a chance of getting nominated.
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsBryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Hugh Dancy, Hannibal Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Matthew Rhys, The Americans Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Emmy PredictionsBryan Cranston, Breaking BadJeff Daniels, The NewsroomJohn Hamm, Mad MenDamien Lewis, HomelandMatthew McConaughey, True DetectiveKevin Spacey, House of Cards
McConaughey came out on top at the Critic's Choice Awards, but despite his massive performance in True Detective, we're doubtful he will best Cranston at the Emmys. We're expecting the rest of the category's Emmy nominees to be rounded out with the usual suspects. While the critics recognized the great performances in Hannibal, The Americans, and Bates Motel, we're doubtful that any of those shows will make it to the Emmys this year, or any year for that matter.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice Awards Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Keri Russell, The Americans Robin Wright, House of Cards
Emmy PredictionsClaire Danes, HomelandJulianna Margules, The Good WifeElisabeth Moss, Mad MenTatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackKerry Washington, ScandalRobin Wright, House of Cards
When the dust settles, we're expecting Tatiana Maslany to also win the Emmy in this category. At this point, her hype is insurmountable, and riots might break out if she doesn't leave the Nokia theater with something golden.
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsLouis C.K., Louie Chris Messina, The Mindy Project Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones
Emmy PredictionsDon Cheadle, House of LiesLouis C.K., LouieMatt LeBlanc, EpisodesJim Parsons, The Big Band TheoryAndy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-NineRobin Williams, The Crazy Ones
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons will likely walk home with both awards. In terms of the other nominations, there's no way Chris Messina or Thomas Middleditch have a chance at securing an Emmy nomination. We're also betting that Robin Williams gets nominated, due mostly due organization's usual affection for "veterans" ... or so the Emmys have an excuse to invite the actor to the show and hear his Genie voice.
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsIlana Glazer, Broad City Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer Emmy Rossum, Shameless
Emmy PredictionsZooey Deschanel, New GirlLena Dunham, GirlsEdie Falco, Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepMelissa McCarthy, Mike & MollyAmy Poehler, Parks and RecreatonLouis-Dreyfus' foul-mouthed vice-prez will likely win the Emmy along with the Critics' Choice Award this year. As for the other nomination slots, Glazer and Schumer have no chance at getting nominated for Emmys. We're expecting the rest of the nomination list to be filled up with Emmys regulars like Melissa McCarthy and Edie Falco.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsJosh Charles, The Good Wife Walton Goggins, Justified Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing Jon Voight, Ray Donovan Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire
Emmy PredictionsPeter Dinklage, Game of ThronesWalton Goggins, JustifiedAaron Paul, Breaking BadDean Norris, Breaking BadMandy Patinkin, HomelandJeffery Wright, Boardwalk Empire
Aaron Paul seems like a lock for the Emmys this year. The only person we could see upsetting what is basically destiny at this point is Peter Dinklage, who had a massive year on Game of Thrones. As for the other nominees, we are actually expecting the two award shows to stack up pretty similarly. Mandy Patinkin will definitely get an Emmy nod, while there might be enough space in the mix for long-snubbed Walton Goggins. One can dream, right?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsChristine Baranski, The Good Wife Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Annet Mahendru, The Americans Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy Bellamy Young, Scandal
Emmy PredictionsChristine Baranski, The Good WifeEmilia Clarke, Game of ThronesAnna Gunn, Breaking BadChristina Hendricks, Mad MenMichelle Monaghan, True DetectiveMaggie Smith, Downton Abbey
While Anna Gunn didn't secure a Critics' Choice Award for the last season of Breaking Bad, we're betting she goes home with an Emmy this September. As for the other nominees, we don't expect Maggie Siff, Melissa McBride, and Annet Mahendru to get an Emmy nod, even though each actress certainly deserves the recognition.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsAndre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Keith David, Enlisted Tony Hale, Veep Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley Jeremy Allen White, Shameless
Emmy PredictionsAndre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-NineJesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern FamilyEric Stonestreet, Modern FamilyTy Burrell, Modern FamilyTony Hale, VeepNick Offerman, Parks and RecreationAt this point, the supporting actor in a comedy category should be renamed the "Which Modern Family actor hasn't won in a while?" and that honor goes to Ferguson. Even though the Critics' Choice Awards don't feature a single nominee from ABC's dominant sitcom, expect at least three nominees from the show on Emmy night. Four if Ed O'Neil sneaks his way onto the bill. Also, kudos to the Critics Choice awards for nominating Albert Tsai for Trophy Wife. Bert will live in our hearts forever.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsMayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory Allison Janney, Mom Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Emmy PredictionsMayim Bialik, The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyAllison Janney, MomKate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New BlackSofia Vergara, Modern FamilyMerrit Weaver, Nurse Jackie
It might be crazy talk, but we think this category is Orange Is the New Black's best chance for its first Emmy. The show has such a dynamite supporting cast and heavy following that it may be able to crack the winner's circle in its first year of eligibility. We're thinking Kate Mulgrew has a good chance since Modern Family isn't nearly as dominant in this category as it is in Best Supporting Actor.
Zachary Quinto, Neil Patrick Harris and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attended a glitzy gala in New York City on Monday night (16Jun14) to raise funds for The Trevor Project. The TrevorLive event brought together leading gay celebrities to raise awareness and bring in donations to support the charity's work with young members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community who are in crisis.
Star Trek actor Quinto and Juno star Ellen Page, who went public with her sexuality earlier this year (14), were among the speakers at the event, along with Harris, who attended with his partner David Burtka, and Modern Family star Ferguson, who was with his producer husband Justin Mikita. Other attendees included actor Cheyenne Jackson and his fiance Jason Landau.
After the bash, Harris took to Twitter.com to write, "Had such a wonderful time tonight at TrevorProject Live. So impressed by this organisation. Please support them, or at least learn more."
The event was hosted by comedienne Wanda Sykes, while The Huffington Post creator Arianna Huffington was honoured with the Trevor Hero Award for her work in support of gay rights.