Network: Comedy Central
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: October 17, 2005 – present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Stephen Colbert (host)
TV show description:
The popularity and success of Stephen Colbert’s segments on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart inspired this spin-off and counterpart of the hit satirical news program. On this parody of conservative news shows like The O’Reilly Factor, Colbert portrays a right-wing caricature of current political pundits and critiques both politics and the media.
The program opens with teasers for the episode and then Colbert runs through the daily headlines. Each show focuses on a topic which is discussed in the segment called “The WØRD.” As Colbert delivers his commentary, a bullet-point summary appears alongside on screen but the text usually ironically undermines the host’s speech.
The show then features one of its regular segments: “The Craziest F#?king Thing I’ve Ever Heard” which details a bizarre news story; “Formidable Opponent” in which Colbert faces off with himself to debate a particular topic; in “Movies that are Destroying America” Colbert reviews films but admits to only having seen its trailer; “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger,” has Colbert commending or condemning people or stories in the news; and in “Better Know a District,” Colbert interviews a U.S. Representative.
Colbert also comically interviews a author or celebrity guest on each episode but the host typically dominates the conversation.