November 15, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before figuring out this whole life thing. The Skinny: Thursday I worked from 5:30 a.m. until about 8:10 p.m. and unfortunately I won't be able to mail it in today. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth, this is the life I have chosen. Friday's roundup includes the box office preview and Comcast's plans to sell movies through its cable boxes. Also, John Oliver is jumping from Comedy Central to HBO. Daily Dose: On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission clarified its rules on foreign ownership of broadcast television and radio properties.
August 16, 2013 |
John Oliver wrapped up his summer-long stint as temporary host of “The Daily Show” on Thursday night, a three-month period which, contrary to conventional wisdom, has been remarkably busy on the news front. Oliver made his debut the very day news of the NSA surveillance scandal broke . And since then, neither the substantive news (the Supreme Court, Egypt) nor the sideshows (Carlos Danger, the royal baby) has slowed down the way it's supposed to in the dog days of summer.
August 14, 2013 |
John Oliver's tenure as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" has gone mostly trouble-free (aside from the studio losing all power before an interview with Aaron Sorkin), but the British comedian may have finally gotten into a bit of hot water by mocking fellow Brit and CNN host, Piers Morgan. Oliver did a segment on Monday's "Daily Show" about CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta changing his mind on medical marijuana, and in the process poked some fun at Morgan, who had told Gupta about the Vicodin he was prescribed after falling off a Segway in 2007 and breaking five ribs.
July 23, 2013 |
The royal baby has finally been born and not since, well, Duchess Kate first announced her pregnancy has the media been swept up in such a frenzy of anglophilia. Even “The Daily Show” got in on the action Monday night. “Obviously, there is a lot to talk about,” began John Oliver. “Who am I kidding? There is exactly one thing to talk about.” FULL COVERAGE: A royal baby is born Following a news clip announcing the baby boy's arrival, the host erupted in a fit of joy. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!
June 12, 2013 |
In his second day at the helm of “The Daily Show,” John Oliver continued to riff on the unfolding story of the National Security Agency's vast phone and Internet surveillance program . On Tuesday night, he focused on parsing the conservative response to the news. In something of a rarity, Republicans so far seem divided into two separate camps -- as Oliver dubbed them, “Team Everybody Calm Down” and “Team Everybody Freak Out.” Representing the former is Arizona Sen. John McCain, who when asked by CNN's Candy Crowley whether he was bothered by the revelations, replied simply, “No, not really.” Oliver's comment: “Nobody understands sophisticated technology better than cantankerous old men. Are you sure we don't want to ask someone younger than dirt?
June 11, 2013 |
John Oliver made his debut as the temporary host of “The Daily Show” on Monday night, and he did not disappoint. “Let's all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. It looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird. It sounds weird to me and this is my actual voice,” he began, joking that host Jon Stewart was taking the summer off learning to be a cobbler in Italy. (In fact, he's in Jordan directing a movie .) But otherwise there was little time for the getting-to-know-you banter and “harmless, 'I'm British' jokes” Oliver had planned for his first night in the anchor's desk.