Letterman is 'flattered' CBS chose Stephen Colbert to replace him

Letterman is “flattered” CBS chose Stephen Colbert to replace him
“Stephen has always been a real friend to me,” David Letterman said in a statement. "I’m very excited for him, and I’m flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses.”


CBS says “The Late Show” will stay in NYC — and that Colbert was "head and tails above everybody else”
CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler says “we talked about everybody” to replace David Letterman. But ultimately, Colbert is "just is head and tails above everybody else and Dave is a very big seat to fill,” she says. "We’re huge fans, he’s inspired and talented for all the obvious reasons.” She adds that CBS isn’t concerned about Colbert’s politics. "We didn’t have concerns. We were most excited about his talent to be creative and innovative, and now he’s going to work on his idea of what his show will look like."


Watch Stephen Colbert’s 2005 Letterman debut, promoting his new show “The Colbert Report”
Colbert talked about his upbringing in South Carolina. PLUS: Here's Colbert crashing Letterman's monologue in 2011.

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Comedy Central wishes Stephen Colbert luck, looks forward to 8 months of 'The Colbert Report'

Comedy Central wishes Stephen Colbert luck, looks forward to 8 months of “The Colbert Report"
“Comedy Central is proud that the incredibly talented Stephen Colbert has been part of our family for nearly two decades,” the cable network said in a statement. PLUS: Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson congratulate Colbert on Twitter, Colbert confirms he won't do the CBS show in character, and #CancelColbert is trending worldwide on Twitter.


Report: Stephen Colbert’s replacement is expected to come from “The Daily Show”
Does that mean Chris Hardwick doesn’t have a chance?


“SVU” sticking with Donal Logue
His recurring role as acting commander of the New York Special Victims Unit will extend through the remainder of the season.

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Charlie Sheen to star in a WEtv relationship show pilot: 'Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence'

Charlie Sheen to star in a WEtv relationship show pilot: “Charlie Sheen’s Bad Influence"
Sheen will produce and star in the reality show in which he’ll put engaged couples to the test. The Sheen show is part of several brand-new WEtv series, including “David Tutera’s CELEBrations” and “Mystery Millionaire.”


Stephen Colbert: “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me”
"Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth,” Colbert said in a statement, reacting to the news of his replacing Letterman. PLUS: Jon Cryer pitches himself as "unctuous sidekick."


Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel share the same agent
James “Baby Doll” Dixon — who also represents Jon Stewart and Carson Daly — will soon represent two of the three 11:35 pm network late-night hosts. (Dixon was in the "touchy position" of representing Kimmel and Stewart in 2002 when they were both being considered for ABC's late-night gig.)


Rebecca Romijn to star in TNT's "Librarian” series; Noah Wyle will produce and recur
Romijn, who last year starred on TNT’s “King & Maxwell,” will return to the cable network later this year in “The Librarian.” She’ll be joined by John Larroquette, Christian Kane, as well as Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, who will reprise their roles from the movies.


Watch the “Girl Meets World” trailer
Here’s the first footage from the “Boy Meets World” spinoff.


“Dancing with the Stars” losing its showrunner
Conrad Green, who’s been in charge of “Dancing” since its launch in 2005, is leaving to join Fox’s “Utopia” social experiment reality show.

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It's official: CBS names Stephen Colbert as Letterman's replacement

CBS names Stephen Colbert as Letterman's replacement
CBS made the announcement official today: "The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of 'The Late Show,' effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment." PLUS: "He was the most logical choice from the start," says "The Late Shift" author Bill Carter.

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Jon Stewart endorses Stephen Colbert, not himself, for the Letterman job

Jon Stewart endorses Stephen Colbert, not himself, for the Letterman job
“He’s done an amazing job with just that very narrow cast of character, but he’s got a lot more he can show,” says “The Daily Show” host, adding that he doesn’t "have that gear, I don’t think” to host a network late-night show. “I just don’t really have it anymore,” he tells Vulture. "I really like what I do, not that Stephen doesn’t. But he has a real opportunity to broaden out in a way that I don’t.”


“GMA” adds ESPN’s Tony “Stat Boy” Reali as a contributor
The “Around the Horn” host will move his show from Washington, D.C. to New  York — and exit “Pardon the Interruption” — to cover social media news for the ABC News morning show.


CNN announces shows from Mike Rowe, Lisa Ling and John Walsh
The “Dirty Jobs” host will profile unique individuals in "Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” Ling will immerse herself in bizarre American cultures and “America’s Most Wanted’s” Walsh will investigate international crime in "The Hunt with John Walsh.”


“Mad Men’s” Jessica Paré becomes fat for Funny or Die
Watch her eat whatever she wants.


Starz orders “Project Greenlight” with a twist
“The Chair” from “Greenlight” producer/star Chris Moore will have two directors make their own distinct movie based on the same script.


“Grey’s Anatomy’s” Tessa Ferrer joins “Extant”
The departing intern will play an astronaut on the Steven Spielberg series.


Ellen “auditions” for Letterman’s job
"I am very flattered but I really love doing my daytime show,” she said as she recreated “The Late Show.”


Tracy Morgan pitches himself as Letterman’s replacement
“We’ll shake the game up. I think Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he tells Matt Lauer.


New York Post puts more of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ rear end on its front page
See the “Veep” star’s extended butt crack along with the hand of the tattoo artist.


Goats recreate the “Game of Thrones” theme song
It’s “Game of Goats.”


HLN announces a daily news program “The Daily Share,” plus “America’s Most Liked”
HLN’s social media-centric slate will also include “2 Spouses, 3 Houses,” "Wkly M@shup With Chuey Martinez, "News or Not” and “Beyond the Like.”


Conan plays video games on the Dallas Cowboys’ giant video screen
Watch Conan O’Brien fulfill every gamer’s fantasy.


Watch Amy Poehler and her brother on “Welcome to Sweden”
Here’s a preview of Greg Poehler’s comedy based on his life.


Jimmy Fallon poses as Tom Petty to sing “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Stevie Nicks
Watch them recreate the 1981 video.

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Which network TV shows are on the bubble?

Which network TV shows are on the bubble?
All of ABC’s freshmen dramas, including “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” look safe. But ABC’s new comedies, including “Trophy Wife,” are in danger of cancelation. And so is “Parenthood” and “Revolution.”


Jane Pauley joins CBS News
The former NBC “Today” star will contribute to "CBS Sunday Morning,” CBS News’ Bob Scheiffer announced tonight.


In 2012, more parents named their daughters “Khaleesi” than “Betsy”
“Game of Thrones” fans have also been responsible for the growing number of babies named “Arya."


“Glee’s” Chris Colfer to visit “Hot in Cleveland”
He'll guest as Wendie Malick’s son. PLUS: Naya Rivera’s engagement to Big Sean is off over a cheating scandal.


FX boss complains that Netflix strips off “FX” and “AMC” from FX and AMC shows
In contrast, John Landgraf notes, Netflix likes to identify its shows as “A Netflix Original Series” but doesn’t like other shows to be associated with their networks.


ABC wants “Nashville” to become a multimedia property
The network hopes to make a lot of money from a concert special, the soundtracks and a three-city tour. “We’ve always regarded this as an opportunity for a larger franchise beyond a scripted TV show,” says exec producer Steve Buchanan.


“Saved by the Bell” creator is now an award-winning playwright
Sam Bobrick, 81, retired from Hollywood after “Saved by the Bell” ended in 1993: "I had always hoped that I'd be able to quit TV and concentrate on plays before I turned sixty," he says. "It seems so did the networks. So it worked out well for both of us."


Cinemax producers sue actress for refusing to film a nude sex scenes
Actress Anne Greene signed a nudity rider to appear in the 2011 series “Femme Fatales. But when it came time to film the scene, she refused, according to the lawsuit.


In defense of splitting up “Mad Men’s” final season
The concept of the season is evolving…


Patrick Duffy talks “Step by Step” and “Dallas”
Duffy still communicates with his former “Step by Step” co-stars Suzanne Somers, Staci Keanan and Christine Lakin, he reveals in a Reddit AMA. He even wrote a letter of recommendation for Keanan when she applied for law school.


“Justified” is proof that making quality TV is hard
But the FX series earned a pass on this disappointing season, says Tim Goodman, something that other shows can’t count on. PLUS: “Justified” isn’t broken.


Good riddance to Barbara Walters
Walters, says Alex Pareene, is "is a national icon and a pioneer, and probably as responsible as any other living person for the ridiculous and sorry state of American television journalism."


Letterman owns “The Late Show,” something that will never happen again
Even in 1993, when CBS gave David Letterman ownership rights via his Worldwide Pants production company, ownership was unheard of outside of Oprah.


National Constitution Center and Julia Louis-Dreyfus mock Rolling Stone’s “Veep” flub
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia tweeted a photo of the founding fathers looking down at the Rolling Stone cover, while Louis-Dreyfus blamed “Veep’s” Mike.


See Sandra Oh’s “Grey’s Anatomy” farewell gift
A fan sent her a celebration of Cristina Yang.


This season’s “Wife Swap”-ers include Jermaine Jackson, Laila Ali, Robin Leach
Also, Eric Roberts, Tichina Arnold and “California Dreams” star Kelly Packard.


Heidi Klum under fire for having her “Germany’s Next Top Model” contestants wear redface
The German contestants were brought to Utah, where they were dressed as Native Americans.


More and more TV characters are watching other shows
“Parks and Rec,” “Trophy Wife” and “Happy Endings” have all name-dropped “Scandal.”


Recalling Sen. Al Franken’s “SNL” career
Franken’s work on “Saturday Night Live” spanned three decades.


Bob Saget banned his daughters from watching “Full House”
“I kind of forbid them to watch it… it was forbidden,” he says, adding that he couldn’t stand to watch a kids’ show after coming home from work. PLUS: 5 "Full House" revelations from Saget’s new memoir.

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'Justified’s' penultimate finale up vs. last year

“Justified’s” penultimate finale up vs. last year
About 2.37 million tuned in for the Season 5 ender, up 5% from last season.


Rolling Stone’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus cover mistake was deliberate
A Rolling Stone source tells AdWeek that John Hancock was wrongly signed on the U.S. Constitution “in the spirit” of the HBO comedy’s farcical tone.


TV series based on “Truman Show,” “Terminator” and Charles Lindbergh are in the works
Paramount TV is developing drama series based on the two hit movies, plus a limited series based on the A. Scott Berg biography of Lindbergh.


Is Cosmo’s “SNL” female cast member slumber party offensive?
Is the new issue's photo shoot a step back for women in comedy?


Bradley Whitford coming to “SVU”
The “Trophy Wife” star will guest as an accused child molester. PLUS: Ann Curry and Geraldo will also guest as themselves.


“Orphan Black” unveils Season 2 pics
See new character posters. PLUS: Tatiana Maslany on her favorite clone.

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Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah

Letterman and Lindsay Lohan phone Oprah
Dave announces he's a Scientologist.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ naked Rolling Stone cover contains a major flaw
John Hancock never signed the U.S. Constitution!


Bill O’Reilly slams Stephen Colbert — is "Papa Bear" trying to get him the “Late Show” gig?
Last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” served only to bolster Colbert’s relevance, says James Poniewozik. “Make no mistake,” he says, "however much Colbert wants Letterman’s job and however much CBS wants him, making Colbert the subject of another public flame war only raises his profile higher than it already is. Is O’Reilly maybe trying to undermine Colbert, sending the signal that CBS will alienate conservative viewers if it hires Colbert? If so, I doubt that would work. Many conservatives have had it in for Letterman for years, and CBS gladly renewed him as long as he wanted to keep the job.”


E! to air a special devoted to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show
The April 23 special will celebrate Seacrest’s 10-year gig as host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest."


Teresa & Joe Giudice will erase more than $13M in debt by paying $7,500 to their creditors
TMZ has uncovered documents showing the “Real Housewives” couple living a lavish lifestyle.


“Divorce Court” renewed through 2017
It’s TV’s longest-running court show.


Roseanne unveils skinnier new look for “Last Comic Standing”
Did Roseanne Barr drop all this weight for her return to TV?

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Drake will host the ESPYs

Drake will host the ESPYs
After hosting “SNL” in January, rapper Drake will helm ESPN’s annual awards show live on July 16.

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TV Land is rebooting 'Candid Camera'

TV Land is rebooting “Candid Camera”
Peter Funt, son of “Candid Camera” creator and original host Allen Funt, will co-host the 10-episode reboot this summer.


Barbara Walters confirms Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck were booted from “The View”
In a Variety profile on her retirement, Walters says, “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” But it wasn’t Hasselbeck or Behar’s decision to leave "The View." “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters says. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.”


Watch last week’s entire “SNL” in 2 minutes from the audience’s perspective
“Saturday Night Live” has uploaded a time-lapse behind-the-scenes-video of Anna Kendrick’s entire show.


Lifetime’s “Relative Insanity" will lock family members in a room for 2 days
Two families will battle it out to see who can outlast and out-fox each other and earn a $25,000 cash prize.


“The Simpsons” launching on FXX with a 12-day, 522-episode marathon
“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” says FXX boss Jon Landgraf.


FX boss: “True Detective” competing for Emmy’s Best Drama is “unfair”
Says John Landgraf: “My own personal point of view is that a miniseries is a story that ends, a series is a story that continues. To tell you the truth, I think it's actually unfair for HBO to put ‘True Detective’ in the drama series category because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series, a la Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Fargo’ or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in ‘True Detective,’ who you can't get to sign on for a seven-year deal.”


Cobie Smulders will return to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
She’ll reprise her Agent Maria Hill role during May sweeps. PLUS: “S.H.I.E.L.D.” hits a new low.


Lindsay Lohan’s OWN reality show has lost nearly half its premiere viewership
About 390,000 watched this week’s “Lindsay."


“The Voice” is going on tour
The 31-city tour will include Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, as well as Dia Frampton from Season 1 and Will Champlin.


“The L Word’s” Mia Kirshner headed to Netflix
She’ll be part of the psychological thriller from the “Damages” creators that stars Kyle Chandler.


Former Alabama QB AJ McCarron and “Splash” star Katherine Webb are making a reality show together
The engaged couple will have their lives chronicled as McCarron moves to the NFL, but their proposed reality show hasn’t found a network yet.


Jill Duggar is engaged
"19 Kids & Counting” will be adding a son-in-law to their clan.

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