George Stephanopoulos, Sky and Lara Spencer
This week, The Walking Dead celebrated its return by playing a zombie prank on unsuspecting New Yorkers, and Stephen Colbert sent Buddy Cole to investigate anti-gay laws at the Sochi Olympics. Courtney Love launched her own web series, and Rainn Wilson's Soul Pancake YouTube channel premiered a TV-length sitcom. Also, Kevin Hart and Ellen DeGeneres played a game of "Giant Jenga." Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Pussy Riot, Stephen Colbert
Despite the language barrier, Pussy Riot more than kept up with Stephen Colbert during their appearance on his faux conservative show Colbert Report.
Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, two members of the Russian punk band who were recently released from prison for insulting Vladamir Putin, proved that humor isn't necessarily lost in translation.
When Colbert, who was posing as a "friend" of Putin, told the pair they would be searched before leaving the building, Tolokonnikova quickly shot back, "We've had two years of practice hiding things from searches."
There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.
Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")
Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bieber
This week, Jon Stewart weighed in on the government shutdown, Vince Gilligan provided commentary about the Breaking Bad finale, and Zach Galifianakisinterviewed Justin Bieber. Jennifer Hudson starred in a parody of Scandal, and some construction workers starred in a parody of Miley Cyrus' music video for "Wrecking Ball." AMC also debuted "The Oath," a new web companion series to The Walking Dead. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Josh Radnor, Cristin Milioti and Josh Radnor
Our top moments of the week:
13. Best Sexual Harassment: In an effort to win back her old office on The Mindy Project, Mindy convinces her new (and much less alcohol-tolerant) co-worker, Paul (James Franco) to a shots-off. When Mindy drinks Paul under the table, literally, she helps walk him home and leaves him, unconscious, at the door to his apartment. But not before the newly engaged Mindy decides to go in for a kiss. The minute she presses her lips against his, however, the drunk Paul yells "Whoa, mama! Help me! Whoa!" Apparently that wasn't as good for him as it was for...
Neil Patrick Harris
"This just in: No one in America is winning their Emmy office pool," quipped Neil Patrick Harris toward the end of Sunday's Emmy show, not long after The Colbert Report broke The Daily Show's 10-year winning streak as best variety series, The Voice took the reality-competition prize from The Amazing Race and The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels upset a crowded field of best-actor nominees, remarking, "Well, crap!" while chewing gum.
Breaking Bad, Modern Family and Behind the Candelabra topped Sunday's 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
After four losses, Breaking Bad finally won its first trophy for drama series, while Anna Gunn took home drama supporting actress honors.
Modern Family became the first show to four-peat in comedy series ...
With all that time spent outdoors, it's tough to stay in-the-know when it comes to new music during the summer. But with the summer now drawing to a close, this is as good a time as ever to bring you up to speed on some of the biggest songs — some that you probably know and some that you might not. Read on for the backstory on the biggest hits right now to ensure you're up on what's new and hot in music.
Kay and Phil
Our top moments of the week:
13. Best Sequel: In case you haven't seen Bar Mitzvah boy Sam Horowitz's amazing YouTube video, or for those who simply can't get enough, Good Morning America invites Horowitz to perform in Times Square. Billed as his "Broadway debut," Horowitz once again brings the goods and does a fine job breaking in the parquet laid down especially for him. The most adorable thing? Horowitz can be heard panting, trying to catch his breath as Josh Elliott interviews his mom.
12. Best Curveball: While serving as the bartender of the evening on...
Stephen Colbert has a bone to pick with House of Cards star Kevin Spacey.
While interviewing Spacey — who's up for a Best Lead Actor in a Drama Emmy award for his role on the Netflix series — on The Colbert Report Wednesday, Colbert questioned the validity of Spacey's nomination. "Why should you get an award for TV when you're not on TV?" Colbert asked bluntly.