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Stephen Colbert: 'I do not envy whoever' replace Letterman — 'those are some huge shoes to fill'

Stephen Colbert: “I do not envy whoever” replaces Letterman — “those are some huge shoes to fill"
Watch Colbert address the big news on “The Colbert Report” — without mentioning the big news.


Jon Stewart: We spent all day looking up old Stephen Colbert clips
"The exciting news today is that I no longer need a cable subscription for the privilege of watching Stephen Colbert," Stewart said on tonight's "Daily Show," adding: "I think Stephen Colbert is up for the challenge."


Jimmy Fallon to Colbert: Get ready for a late-night dance-off
Fallon said at the top of tonight’s “Tonight Show”: "Now, a lot of people in the media are already talking about there being a new late night war – and I just want to say there’s not going to be any war. It’ll be a dance off. A late night dance off! Get ready, Stephen.” UPDATE: Seth Meyers can't wait to haze Colbert.


HBO's "The Leftovers" is going on a brief hiatus
“We put ourselves on a tight schedule, and we decided to give our production a short hiatus to prep our final episodes,” HBO said of the Damon Lindelof series.

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<p>Hellboy, Batman, and Magneto are all represented on our list of the 25 best superhero films of all time.</p>

Hellboy, Batman, and Magneto are all represented on our list of the 25 best superhero films of all time.

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From 'Darkman' to 'The Dark Knight': 25 greatest superhero movies of all time

We were surprised by films both on and off the list

It seems hard to believe that there could even be 25 films in the superhero genre that would be worth putting on a list at this point, much less enough that there are worthy titles I feel were left off, but that's where we are in 2014.

As the reviews started rolling in for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," with many people calling it the best superhero movie ever made, we decided to throw the question out to the entire HitFix staff to ask people to rank their favorite films in the genre. We did this several years ago with the top ten, but at this point, we felt like the roster was deep enough to ask people to vote for their favorite 25.

What surprised me is just how much variety there were in the answers. There are many films that were on my list that didn't make the final tally, and that was true with everyone. What surprised me more were some of the titles that made the list. I may be a big fan of Ang Lee's "Hulk," but I totally understand why not everyone feels the same way. I was happy to see so much support for it.

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Craig Ferguson congratulates 'the lovely Stephen Colbert' in his 'Late Late Show' monologue

Craig Ferguson congratulates "the lovely Stephen Colbert” in his “Late Late Show” monologue
"Isn’t that lovely?” Ferguson said at the top of tonight’s show, according to a  transcript. "Congratulations Stephen! A fine addition to the CBS cavalcade of stars.” PLUS: Colbert breaks his silence on Twitter.


Report: CBS focused in on Colbert in February — its post-Letterman search began last October
That’s according to Josef Adalian, who adds of the tricky Craig Ferguson situation: "Of course, CBS might actually be fine with keeping Ferguson and focusing on launching Colbert; it could be Ferguson who feels slighted and ready to leave. If so, it’s hard to see how he could get a better talk show gig than the one he has now. As talented and respected as Ferguson is, there simply are no broadcast networks with available time slots for him.”


Colbert’s CBS hiring seems stranger and stranger the more you look at it
"The most glaring issue with the hire,” says Richard Lawson, "is that Stephen Colbert has, for the most part, been playing a character for the last 10 or so years. Sure, the line between 'Stephen Colbert' and Stephen Colbert is often blurry, but much of what’s made the guy famous and successful has been full-blown parody. An argument could be made that during The Colbert Report’s interview segments, which probably pertain the most to this new gig, Colbert is more himself, and has proven a nimble and likable interviewer. But it’s still in the context of the ‘Colbert' character, and, in a broader sense, of the late-night Comedy Central political-humor lineup.” PLUS: Why “The Late Show” will ruin Colbert, What if Colbert can’t interview well out of character?, the real Colbert is far more gentle than the “Colbert” character, we’re losing a great TV character with Colbert’s "Colbert" departure, Colbert is hugely popular in Google searches, watch 21 times Colbert was himself, Colbert won’t be a Letterman clone — and that makes him a great pick, can he compete with the Jimmys in social media?, and Colbert will become “America’s Catholic."


Stephen Colbert won’t revert to the correct pronunciation of his name
He’ll still be "kohl-BAYR” on “The Late Show,” while the rest of his family uses "KOHL-bert."


Comedy Central has become a late-night launching pad, with 2 11:35 pm network late-night hosts
First “The Man Show’s” Jimmy Kimmel and now Colbert. In fact, Comedy Central is the only network to boast three hit late-night shows, thanks to the addition of “@midnight."


Watch Stephen Colbert’s comedy evolution, starting with his 1995 “Exit 57” show on Comedy Central
Colbert co-starred with Amy Sedaris on the one-season series, before going on to “The Dana Carvey Show” the next year.


NBC will air “Rosemary’s Baby” during May sweeps — it’ll battle “Grey’s Anatomy” season finale
The two-part miniseries will air on Mother’s Day, May 11, and Thursday, May 15.


“Cuz-Bros” reunites “Enlisted” stars
The CBS comedy pilot has added Parker Young to a cast that already includes Geoff Stults.


“Tosh.0” production assistant was accidentally killed by an L.A. Sheriff deputy
John Winkler, 30, was mistaken for a knife-wielding assailing at a West Hollywood apartment when he was only trying to help. Winkler was killed in the same complex that ex-“Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky lives in. On Tuesday, she noted that two people had been stabbed in her building in the past week.


TCM’s Mickey Rooney marathon expanded to 24 hours
Turner Classic Movies will kick off the marathon Sunday at 6 am ET with "Broadway to Hollywood."


Watch Seth Rogen’s “SNL” promos with Ed Sheeran
He’s sandwiched between two gingers.


In defense of “Justified” Season 5
Season 5 was one of the best seasons, says David Chute, because it "was able to overcome the Not-as-Good-as-Mags-Bennett curse by not placing the entire adversarial burden on a single pair of shoulders, but by parceling out among several excellent actors another close-knit backwoods criminal clan.”


Rob Lowe: “Californication’s” Eddie Nero was one of my all-time favorite roles
Lowe answered questions on Reddit today, and wrote: "I could play Eddie Nero for 100 years. And NEVER get bored. I will miss him SO MUCH when Californication ends. But he is based on all of the demented, pretentious, intellectual, sexually confused, A-list Academy Award winning movie stars that I know.”


"Mork & Mindy” reunite on “The Cray Ones”
"It's been what? 32 years,” Robin Williams joked of his reunion with Pam Dawber. "I remember there were three cameras and they shot on film."


USA unveils its “Rush” medical drama promo
Tom Elias plays an on-call doctor who’s highly discreet.


Watch the “Covert Affairs" Season 5 promo
The USA series returns in June.

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot; Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to calm Dean Pelton (Jim Rash).</p>

On "Community," Jeff (Joel McHale) tries to calm Dean Pelton (Jim Rash).

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Review: 'Community' - 'Basic Story'

Has the Save Greendale Committee done its job a little too well?

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as you come to me for atheistic rants and photos of my meals...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot; Eagleton Ron (Sam Elliott) gives Ron (Nick Offerman) and Ben (Adam Scott) a lift.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Eagleton Ron (Sam Elliott) gives Ron (Nick Offerman) and Ben (Adam Scott) a lift.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Flu Season 2'

Leslie feels unwell, Ben meets Eagleton Ron and Craig would like to recommend your wine

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as my dog's Jewish...

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<p>Caleb Johnson on Wednesday&#39;s &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Caleb Johnson on Wednesday's "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Results, Take 2

The Save is gone, so somebody's going home on 'Idol' tonight

Once again, the "American Idol" Top 8 performed on Wednesday night. And once again, they face an elimination.

Last week, the judges decided to say, "Whatever" to their lone save and they opted to protect Sam Woolf. I'm not convinced it was Sam Woolf they were saving so much as they were honoring the integrity of the season's best performance episode.

Tonight (April 10) the Save is gone and that's just as well, because Wednesday's '80s Night performances were weak. I don't think anybody fell flat on their faces, but there were only one or two standout solos amidst the mediocre morass. As long as Alex Preston, Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson are safe tonight, I'm not going to worry too much about who gets sent home.

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<p>Patrick J. Adams and Zoe Saldana of &quot;Rosemary&#39;s Baby&quot;</p>

Patrick J. Adams and Zoe Saldana of "Rosemary's Baby"

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NBC sets 'Rosemary's Baby' for a May Sweeps berth [or birth]

Zoe Saldana and Patrick J. Adams star in the Paris-set adaptation

NBC has set a premiere date for the miniseries update of "Rosemary's Baby," marking a tight turnaround for the Ira Levin adaptation. 

Production on "Rosemary's Baby" only began in January and only five months later, the four-hour telefilm will premiere on Sunday, May 11 and Thursday, May 15 airing from 9-11 p.m. on both nights. [As Friend of HitFix Joe Adalian noted on Twitter, the Sunday premiere is, of course, Mother's Day.]

Scott Abbott and James Wong wrote the script, which was directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Agnieszka Holland.

The new take on the 1967 suspense novel transplants the action to Paris, where a young married couple (Zoe Saldana and Patrick J. Adams) move into an apartment with a haunted past. When Rosemary gets pregnant, she begins to distrust the intentions of both her seemingly kindly neighbors and her seemingly devoted husband. 

In addition to Saldana and Adams, "Rosemary's Baby" stars Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet.

The May premiere date will make "Rosemary's Baby" eligible for Emmy consideration this year, should that happen to be relevant, but it also pits the project against a slew of variably high-profile finale dates in the May Sweeps period. The Sunday opening will be against the second hour of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" finale and the finale for "Revenge," while that Thursday night features finales for "Grey's Anatomy" and "Elementary" (as well as "Reign" and "Surviving Jack").

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Katy Perry
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Katy Perry gets sweet in 'Birthday' lyric video

The clip is going to make you hungry

If you aren’t hungry at the start of the lyric video for Katy Perry’s new single, “Birthday,” then you definitely will be by the end.

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Mark McGrath

Mark McGrath

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CulturePop No. 44 - Mark McGrath of 'Sharknado 2' and Sugar Ray

Can Melinda stump the 3 time 'Rock & Roll Jeopardy' champ?

Mark McGrath may be one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and it's paid off -- though he's still going out on the road with Sugar Ray as part of the Under the Sun tour kicking off in June, he's also found a second career in front of the cameras. He'll be appearing in "Sharknado 2: The Second One" on July 31 (9:00 p.m. on Syfy). Melinda and I (who could not get "Fly" out of our heads pretty much the entire time, dammit) taked to McGrath about pretty much everything you can imagine, from the last American rock god to freezing with sharks. Oh, and we kind of got him to take off his shirt. Too bad for you this is an audio-only podcast. Here's the rundown:

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Kiss
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The next 10 acts the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame should induct

Now that Kiss is in, Cheap Trick and Deep Purple make our list

Now that the Kiss Army has gotten its due and their heavy metal heroes will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tonight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (along with Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Linda Ronstadt, and Peter Gabriel), here are 10 more acts that are definitely worthy of inclusion. Some have been nominated numerous times (like Chic) and never gotten voted in, while others, as impossible as it seems, have never even made it onto the ballot.

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Bill O’Reilly: 'I hope Colbert will consider me for the Ed McMahon spot'

Bill O’Reilly: “I hope Colbert will consider me for the Ed McMahon spot”
That was Colbert’s “Papa Bear’s” reaction to “The Late Show” news, at least before “The O’Reilly Factor” comes on later today.


Stephen Colbert’s agent called CBS’ Les Moonves to express interest
Moonves says the effort to find Colbert’s replacement went at a breakneck pace immediately after Letterman’s announcement. Colbert, Moonves said, had one request: “He said, ‘I want to be sure Dave is on board.’” PLUS: CBS will own “The Late Show” — not Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, and Neil Patrick Harris is “thrilled” with the Colbert pick.


Report: CBS execs are frustrated with Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show”
Les Moonves would only say "“we’re having conversations” and “there is nothing to report now,” but Deadline reports that CBS hasn’t been happy with Ferguson’s ratings.


CNN boss: Interview shows like “Larry King Live” are no longer viable
"We believe that genre is no longer viable,” says Jeff Zucker. "There are just too many outlets with not enough big gets for a pure talk show to thrive any longer."


Here’s video proof that all Shonda Rhimes characters sound the same
Introducing the “Shonda Staccato.”

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<p>Eddie Redmayne</p>

Eddie Redmayne

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Eddie Redmayne's Stephen Hawking biopic chases Oscar with a November release

Focus Features will release 'Theory of Everything' in the US

Back in June last year, we mentioned the theoretical likelihood of awards attention for "Theory of Everything," James Marsh-directed biopic starring Eddie Redmayne as motor neuron disease-affllicted physicist Stephen Hawking. Now, with the news that Focus Features will be releasing the British production, and has selected a November 7 release date, that looks even likelier.

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