Author Archives: Meredith Blake

Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher debate religion on ‘The Late Show,’ and things get tense

Any time one of the country’s most famous Catholics sits down with one of its most outspoken atheists just days after a terrorist attack motivated by religious extremists, sparks are bound to fly. 

And that they did Monday on “The Late Show,” when Stephen Colbert welcomed fellow late-night host…

CBS to air live episode of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ after Super Bowl

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is about to get the Super Bowl bounce. 

CBS announced Tuesday that it will broadcast a live episode of the late-night show following Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. According to the network, it’s the first time in history that a late-night show will air in the post-Super…

Why ‘Late Night’s’ Seth Meyers has ‘nothing but sympathy’ for debate moderators

Since taking over “Late Night” in early 2014, Seth Meyers has transformed a show once known for its oddball, absurdist sensibility into a destination for smart, topical punchlines.

In August, the host made waves by switching to a seated monologue, which lent his show a newsier feel and brisker…

To capture dark world of dance, ‘Flesh and Bone’ used pro dancers and a ‘Breaking Bad’ writer

When Sarah Hay, a soloist with the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany, got an email a few years ago asking her to audition for a new TV series about dancing, she assumed it was a reality show and was understandably apprehensive.

Then Hay, a Quentin Tarantino fan, noticed that Lawrence Bender,…

Gloria Steinem revs up memories and travels in ‘My Life On the Road’ memoir

Some years ago, Gloria Steinem found herself in the Badlands of South Dakota at the same time as thousands of bikers, mostly men, attending the famous Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Unsettled by their aggressive masculinity, Steinem was stunned one morning when a leather-clad woman approached. A faithful…

Calls for ‘SNL’ to dump Donald Trump grow louder

Donald Trump is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 7, but if a growing chorus of critics have their way, he won’t be. 

Latino advocacy groups, politicians and some media observers are calling for NBC to disinvite the tycoon turned reality TV star turned Republican presidential front-runner…

‘Quantico’ star Priyanka Chopra: ‘I’m not the messiah, I’m just a girl’

Priyanka Chopra didn’t need American TV to make her a star.

The actress, who plays an FBI trainee suspected of involvement in a terrorist attack in the ABC drama “Quantico,” is already one of the most famous women in India — where she’s known simply as “P.C.” — if not the world. The former Miss…

‘Mr. Robot’ season 2 will be darker, ‘if such a thing is even possible’

USA’s evolution took a major leap forward this summer with the premiere of “Mr. Robot,” a paranoid, disorienting drama about technology and digital consumerism reminiscent of “Taxi Driver,” “Fight Club” and “The Social Network” rather than the sunny one-hour shows such as “Royal Pains.”

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Jay Leno crashes Jimmy Fallon’s monologue on ‘Tonight’

What’s old is new again.

Jay Leno made a surprise visit to “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night, stepping in to deliver the monologue when his injury-prone successor, Jimmy Fallon, “pulled a muscle” during a joke about Sen. Bernie Sanders. (We all know how dangerous those can be.) 

Like many a retired…

Jay Leno crashes Jimmy Fallon’s monologue on ‘Tonight’

What’s old is new again.

Jay Leno made a surprise visit to “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night, stepping in to deliver the monologue when his injury-prone successor, Jimmy Fallon, “pulled a muscle” during a joke about Sen. Bernie Sanders. (We all know how dangerous those can be.) 

Like many a retired…

Why Trevor Noah thinks Donald Trump could be ‘America’s first African president’

Trevor Noah capped off his first week as host of “The Daily Show” Thursday night with a segment comparing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to a variety of disreputable African leaders and dictators.

It was the clearest glimpse yet of what the Noah-era “Daily Show” might look like, a piece…

Sorry, America, but John Oliver doesn’t care about Donald Trump

In what amounts to blasphemy for a late-night host, John Oliver confessed to Stephen Colbert that he “couldn’t give less of a” you-know-what about Donald Trump.

“It’s the 2016 election, and it’s 2015,” said the comedian in a visit to “The Late Show” on Wednesday. “I don’t care until we’re in the…

Is it finally Jon Hamm’s year? 4 races to watch at Sunday’s Emmys

In case you hadn’t heard, we’re living in a golden age of television, an era when there are so many high-quality scripted shows from so many outlets that finding the time to watch them all has become the ultimate First World Problem.