No matter how hard they try to liven it up, and no matter how many winners they rudely play off the stage (Julianne Moore? The nerve!), the Emmy Awards remains a stubborn lumbering elephant of a show, the least likely of its type ever to win an Emmy itself, often just lying there — like Tracy Morgan in the Epic Fail of a stunt from which this year's show never really recovered. Time management was so lousy that in the mad rush to end on time, Modern Family didn't get to finish celebrating its third consecutive Best Comedy win before the lights went out.
The world won't know what hit it when Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
"We are gonna pull a prank on the world. On the world," Kimmel tells TVGuide.com. "It's important to be watching because you can be a participant or a victim. It will be interactive. It's at some point during the show, so you have to watch. If watercoolers still exist, it will be watercooler talk afterward. It will be water bottle talk because it'll be the biggest prank ever. "
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The prank is just one of the tricks Kimmel, a first-time host, has up his sleeve. And it's all part of his ...
Jon Stewart, Bill O'Reilly
Forget Obama vs. Romney! Jon Stewart vs. Bill O'Reilly is sure to go down as the debate of the century.
O'Reilly challenged The Daily Show host to a debate, dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium," during Monday night's The O'Reilly Factor.
The event, set for Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c at George Washington University, will take place before a live audience and will stream online for $4.95. Half the profits from the debate will benefit charities.
Talk about awkward.
After appearances on The Daily Show and Good Morning America this week, only one thing is certain about Robert Pattinson's reaction to Kristen Stewart's cheating on him: He doesn't want to talk about it.
In keeping with his highly private life, Robert Pattinson kept mum about all things Kristen Stewart during his first interview since the news broke that she had cheated on him.
To promote his upcoming film Cosmopolis, Pattinson appeared on The Daily Show Monday night, where Jon Stewart offered the Twilight star some comfort food:
It's something of a crying shame that the new comedy getting the most attention tonight (buzz-wise, though certainly not critically), and which almost certainly will attract the widest audience (of morbidly curious rubber-neckers, but who's counting) is by far the least worthy of attention or respect.
We're talking, of course, about Anger Management, bowing on FX with back-to-back episodes (9/8c) following a 12-hour marathon of Two and a Half Men repeats (starting at 9 am/8c) selected — so we're told — by Charlie Sheen himself.
The Daily Show, Ricky Gervais and Jon Stewart
Our top moments of the week:
14. Most Shocking Reveal, Runner-Up: As if it wasn't gross enough that Jess came thisclose to using her super-sized box of condoms to have a one-night stand with Schmidt on New Girl, the camera cuts to the other side of Schmidt's door to show that he's already getting busy... with Cece! The next morning, an embarrassed Jess calls Cece to confess her close call with Schmidt, just as Schmidt rolls over and snuggles Cece's neck. Please, ladies, no catfights. It will just make it all that much more pathetic.
13. Most Cliched: Ivy gets a callback for...
Our top moments of the week:
15. Best Clean Slate: New year, new look for Walden (Ashton Kutcher). Though he's initially upset that Zoey wants him to shave and look presentable for a corporate shindig on Two and a Half Men, Walden finally gives in and does away with his hirsute hobo look. Later, however, Zoey comes over to apologize for forcing him to change and is stunned to see her clean-shaven and much younger-looking beau. You know Ashton couldn't have hidden the pretty for much longer.
14. Most Substantial Goodbye: After Agent McQuaid and her friend Laura are...
Where would the world be without Wikipedia? Jon Stewart explores the situation that became a reality Wednesday, in light of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) protests.
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
Stephen Colbert knows you can't control a Super PAC and run for president. And after hearing the advice of his lawyer and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter, he reluctantly knows you can't coordinate with the Super PAC. So he handed off the reins to someone he barely knows — Jon Stewart.