The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report is a comedic talk show spun off from The Daily Show. In the series, Stephen Colbert is the conservative pundit counterpart to Jon Stewart's liberal leaning Daily Show and bring his opinions of the issues of the day to the forefront in something of a megalomaniacal way. The show ended on December 19, 2014, as Colbert went on to replace David Letterman on the Late Show in 2015. His timeslot has been filled by The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
The Colbert Report originated as a small bit on The Daily Show, in which Stewart would throw to a commercial of "The Colbert Report," starring Colbert as a loudmouth commentator styled after Bill O'Reilly. Colbert used his power to shout down interview subjects and, in one case, resize their satellite link-up window and push them off the screen. At the end, he would proudly proclaim that the "T" at the end of the series title was silent because "it's French, bitch."
In late 2005, Colbert voiced his concern about getting burned out on the correspondent angle he had been playing since 1997 on The Daily Show to Stewart and executive producer Ben Karlin. The three came up with the idea to pitch the fake Colbert Report segment as a full series to Comedy Central. The network, still reeling from the sudden departure of Dave Chappelle, had been introducing a multitude of talk and variety shows like The Showbiz Show with David Spade, Too Late with Adam Carolla and Mind of Mencia to fill the gap left by Chappelle. Comedy Central had also expressed some interest in expanding the Daily Show franchise. Doug Herzog greenlit the series for eight weeks without a pilot, reportedly based on a single sentence "Our version of The O'Reilly Factor with Stephen Colbert." They also gave it the old studio that had been recently vacated by The Daily Show in favor of a larger building.
The series debuted on October 17, 2005 following The Daily Show and almost instantly exploded with popularity. It was picked up by Canada's The Comedy Network within weeks of broadcast, despite the network typically waiting months at best to import programming from the United States. The first Word segment, "Truthiness", had profound impact on society. The American Dialect Society named it Word of the Year and Colbert's popularity would go on to be proven time and time again with accolades like being named one of Time's 100 most important people and very nearly having a bridge in Hungary named after him as a direct result of the show.
The format of the series is not quite as static as The Daily Show's but typically follows a pattern. At the end of most Daily Show episodes, Stewart and Colbert speak briefly over a fiberoptic link. Colbert introduces some things that he will cover in the episode at the actual beginning of his episode prior to the credits sequence. After the credits, Colbert speaks about some of the headlines of the day and his own life, which often leads into The Word, an analogue of Bill O'Reilly's "Talking Points." After a commercial, Colbert typically uses this time for another recurring or otherwise special segment like Better Know a District. After a second break, he interviews the guest (who he goes to in a different area, rather than the guest coming to him) and gives some final thoughts before saying good night.
|Stephen Colbert||"Stephen Colbert"||1||2||3||4||5|
|David Cross||Russ Lieber||1||2||3|
|2005||October 17, 2005||December 15, 2005||32|
|2006||January 9, 2006||December 20, 2006||161|
|2007||January 8, 2007||November 1, 2007||126|
|2008||January 7, 2008||December 11, 2008||159 + 2|
|2009||January 5, 2009||December 16, 2009||161|
|2010||January 4, 2010||December 16, 2010||161 + 2|
|2011||January 3, 2011||December 15, 2011||160|
|2012||January 3, 2012||December 13, 2012||157|
|2013||January 7, 2013||December 19, 2013||157|
|2014||January 6, 2014||December 18, 2014||160|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
- Recurring Segments: A list of recurring segments from the series
|'Best Of' Collections|
|The Best of the Colbert Report||November 6, 2007||1|
|A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All||November 25, 2008||1|
- Official website for The Colbert Report
- Colbert Report Episodes, TV Listings, News, Photos and More at TVGuide.com
- NoFactZone.net - detailed blog about The Colbert Report