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May 03 2016

The Daily Late Nightly Show (Greenwald/Scahill)

How about some Tuesday night Meta action?

Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill will be speaking in New York City tomorrow and TMC and I will be there. We’ve actually seen Jeremy before on a book tour for Dirty Wars (now a Major Motion Picture) and sat in the audience next to Spencer Ackerman’s Mom (well, TMC sat next to her, I sat next to TMC). We had a chance to chat briefly with both Spencer (who was there to MC) and Jeremy (who gave us the name of a nearby Afghani place which was surprisingly good considering that the last time I had Afghani food was at the home of two Peace Corps volunteers who’s child was in my Mom’s class. They cooked it themselves and I’d say it was… memorable. I remembered it for days and days.)

Shortly after that Spencer’s Mom passed and we were both exceptionally sorry to hear it. She was a nice lady and extremely proud of her son.

Everybody was very friendly and courteous and you’d hardly even know we were an auditorium of dangerous radicals plotting the overthrow of the government. It was standing room only and I expect this will be no different.

Accordingly we’ll be getting there fairly early and postponing dinner until after. What this means for you as a reader is that we’ll be pretty deserted from early afternoon until who knows when. The City never sleeps.

We’ll attempt to have our customary content up or in the scheduled publication pool. Specifically in terms of The Daily Late Nightly Show I’ll make sure it’s queued but I probably won’t be able to watch until the Pacific Coast replay and you know, I might just nap. The City may never sleep but I do and it’s been quite busy in Stars Hollow and I’ve had long days and short nights for a while.

But have fun, enjoy the shows, and while I might not have a blow by blow account because I’m planning on listening and enjoying myself, I will be paying attention and I’ll certainly share something about the experience.

But just remember, my name is… ROGER MURDOCK. I’m an airline pilot.

I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense. And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try… except during the playoffs.

The hell I don’t! LISTEN, KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night! Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes!

The New Guy

Ronny Chieng

Trevor’s guests this Week are-

Mr. Continuity

After Math

Larry’s panelists this Week are-

Mr. Mainstream

The Master

Stephen’s guests this week are-

Sebastian Stan is on to talk Captain America: Civil War! I may or may not see it before it disappears, not because I don’t want to, by all accounts it is spectacular though there are some alliances I am deeply disappointed in. It’s just I have a rather busy meatspace agenda at the moment.

On the topic of Somebody else noticed the appointment of Chris Licht is probably an ill omen

In this election cycle, Colbert is caught between the lacerating critique of his ultra-conservative persona and the demands of the late-night talk-show host’s seat of power. And though I trust that Colbert will succeed on “The Late Show”—indeed, he already had, well before Licht came along to make his life easier—there is no longer any doubt, to my mind, that Stephen Colbert, the host of the CBS late night show, can never do the incredible political work that Stephen Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report,” did with stunning, easy skill. He hasn’t transformed entirely—Colbert’s enthusiasm for cracking jokes about his life under “the future Trump presidency” brings a certain sane skepticism to the mainstream. But he is not the liberal warrior he once was.

It’s hard not to be disappointed, as a fan of “The Colbert Report,” who thought his brilliant, snarky analysis of the Republican party was not just hilarious but also a lifeline to sanity in an increasingly terrifying world. But though Colbert isn’t doing the same work, he is doing other work—a cross-party bridge-building, based on faith in conversation and understanding and growth. That’s defined his “Late Show” persona from the start. But in this O’Reilly interview—coupled with a new showrunner and a new focus on ratings—it seems like a Rubicon has been crossed, from the old Colbert to the new. It could be great. But sometimes, in the chaos of this election cycle, open-hearted understanding seems like too great of a goal for just one man.

Sonia Saraiya seems to think Stephen is ok with this. I think he’s like an animal being trained for the circus and I don’t feel he’s aspires to that or is entirely satisfied with it. She’s right that his interview with BillO was completely toothless.

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