Tim Goodman declares that Stephen Colbert is the “perfect” choice to replace David Letterman as host of “Late Show” on CBS. He says that “rarely has there been a better match of job opening and candidate.” Even though Colbert has already said he will not bring along his conservative character from “The Colbert Report,” do not worry that the new network will “hire him and then shackle him.” He adds that Colbert is “insatiable about pop culture, politics, music — pretty much anything in the zeitgiest” and that his presence and approach will automatically bring in a more youthful audience. The new host signed a five-year deal with CBS and will take over the show sometime in 2015. Hollywood Reporter.
With Stephen Colbert moving to CBS, a new poll asks who should replace him in the Comedy Central slot following Jon Stewart. Names to consider include Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer“), Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation“), Aisha Tyler (“The Talk“), Chelsea Peretti (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“), W. Kamau Bell (“Totally Biased”), Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock“), and a current “Daily Show” correspondent (like Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi, or Jessica Williams). Entertainment Weekly.
The MTV Movie Awards this Sunday will be highlighted by performances from Eminem with Rihanna, Ellie Goulding with Zedd, and twenty one pilots. Late actor Paul Walker will be feted with a special tribute. Mark Wahlberg will be presented with the MTV Trailblazer Award by the cast of “Entourage.” Hosted by comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien, presenters for the ceremony include Cameron Diaz, Zac Efron, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Nicki Minaj, Seth Rogen, Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, and Shailene Woodley. On the Red Carpet.
After 25 years, it is surprising that “The Simpsons” animated series has never aired repeats on a cable network. It has only had originals on Fox and a syndication deal strictly on broadcast stations. That is all changing this year when the new cabler FXX features the show. It will air all 552 episodes in a 12-day marathon from August 21 through September 1. It will then have a daily home on the channel and also air on Sundays. The deal cost the network an estimated $500 million. Rolling Stone.
The seventh season of “Mad Men” debuts on AMC this Sunday, April 13. Matt Brennan looks back at the previous years and determines his top 10 episodes. His overall best is the season finale (“The Wheel”) from the first season with Don (Jon Hamm) pitching Kodak. His other choices (in order) are: “The Other Woman” (5:11), “Mystery Date” (5:4), “Far Away Places” (5:6), “The Suitcase” (4:7), “Shut the Door, Have a Seat” (3:13), “The Better Half” (6:9), “Tomorrowland” (4:13), “The Jet Set” (2:11), and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (pilot episode). Thompson on Hollywood.
While accepting this year’s Museum of the Moving Image salute on Wednesday, two-time Oscar champ Kevin Spacey regales the crowd with a 20-minute heartfelt speech. Clips were played from such films as “American Beauty,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” (with his mentor Jack Lemmon), “Margin Call,” “The Negotiator,” and “The Usual Suspects.” Beyond his film career, he has more recently been noted for his starring role on the Netflix series “House of Cards” and in working with the Old Vic Theatre in London. Variety.
Veteran performer Donny Osmond is making a return to “Dancing With the Stars.” He won the competition for the ninth season and will be a guest judge on Monday’s edition. The pairs will be dancing to Disney movie songs on that episode. Other recent guest judges have been Robin Roberts and Julianne Hough, with Ricky Martin and Redfoo coming soon. TV Guide.
Grammy winner Drake is set to host the ESPYS on July 16 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Top athletes and entertainers will take the stage to celebrate the year’s best moments in sports for the live ESPN event. The rap star showed some of his comedy chops by guest hosting “Saturday Night Live” earlier this season. Recent hosts have included Jon Hamm, Seth Meyers, Samuel L. Jackson, and Justin Timberlake. ESPN.