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Stephen Colbert Report Finale: He Helped Us Through the Bush Years — Reports of Stephen Colbert's death, it turned out, were greatly exaggerated. On last night's "The Colbert Report," the 1447th and final episode, Colbert didn't kill off "Stephen Colbert," the gonzo alter ego he has embodied for the past nine years. Instead, Stephen Colbert became immortal.

"The Colbert Report" Ends: Stephen Colbert's Best Literary Interviews — Stephen Colbert has spent the last few weeks saying goodbye to some of his best recurring segments and running gags: Better Know a District, The Word, Formidable Opponent. But it's oddly fitting that the last non-fictional guest on "The Colbert Report" (Thursday night's guest is Grimmy the Grim Reaper, who may or may not be there to formally kill off the Colbert persona) will be an author.

The Best TV Scenes in 2014 — Inside Amy Schumer It's been a banner year for "Comedy Central": the premieres of "Broad City" and "Review," the return of "Key and Peele," and an increasingly confident second season of "Inside Amy Schumer." In the latter, Schumer offered a twisted take on gender norms and sexual politics that was as funny as it was feminist.

Interview: Ana Lily Amirpour, Director of Iranian Vampire Movie — The first thing really was the chador. I had one-it was a prop from another film-and I put it on and I felt like a creature. I felt like a bat or a stingray, and I just instantly saw that this was an Iranian vampire.

Scandal's Season Four Feminist Speechifiying — In a recent episode of "Scandal," Olivia Pope was getting ready to work her Olivia Pope magic on an inexperienced, bushy-browed frump running for Congress when she paused to make a brief, disclaimer: "Research shows that if a woman candidate is perceived as too pretty or too plain, voters turn against her.

"State of Affairs" on NBC with Katherine Heigl: Review — 'Do you consider yourself sexually irresponsible?" a worried therapist asks Charleston Tucker at the beginning of "State of Affairs," the new drama premiering tonight on NBC. "Occasionally," Katherine Heigl's character admits, as we flash to scenes of her knocking back tequila and bringing home a stranger.

'Rosewater,' Directed by Jon Stewart: Review — If it weren't for the name of its director, would likely slip in and out of theaters without much fanfare, just one of the reasonably well-made, based-on-a-true-story films that we expect from the fall movie season. But the earnest docudrama is also Jon Stewart's directorial debut, and while he never steps onscreen, the comedian's presence is hard to forget.

'High Maintenance' Season 2 on Vimeo: Review — For years, it seems, the highest praise you could offer a show is that it was "like a novel"-serialized, pre-planned, with a fixed ending in mind. But two decades after The New York Times first suggested that TV series had replaced the novel, that truism has become as creatively stifling as it is boring.

Fusion TV's Cynical, Unfunny Election Night Coverage — For most news networks, election night is a time to solidify one's image and unveil new technologies. CNN had its usual flashy stunts, and the flashiest was the Empire State Building, which they lit up in red and blue as the results came in.

"Selfie" on ABC Has Become a Great Show — One of TV's singular pleasures is watching a struggling show find itself. When "Selfie" premiered on ABC last month, I lumped it in with "Manhattan Love Story" and "A to Z," television's other lackluster new romantic comedies. Five weeks later, those two shows are both cancelled and "Selfie" has quietly turned into one of the funniest, most delightful sitcoms on TV.
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Dec 22, 2014

Artistic directors from theaters around the country condemn @16thstreetj's firing of Ari Roth h/t @petermarksdrama

Dec 22, 2014

The last Jewish lox slicer at Zabar's is 84 and writes poems about salmon

Dec 22, 2014

RT @rtraister: TNR EIC @gabrielsnyder cites Herbert Croly's intention to "devote a good deal of attention to the feminist movement"…

Dec 22, 2014

Great profile of superhero director Michelle Maclaren. Also love this line: "TV is art made under pressure."

Dec 22, 2014

RT @shani_o: “garbage” jokes aside, 2014 didn’t strike me as a particularly bad year; more like a year where we all became aware of what was already here

Dec 22, 2014

RT @jazzedloon: Let's hear it for the J-names (also DA WOMEN) MT @gabrielsnyder: am thrilled about some of our upcoming contributors:

Dec 22, 2014

RT @shani_o: One thing I’m glad of influencing this year in some small way — diversity isn’t an ethical imperative, it’s a business imperative.

Dec 22, 2014

RT @lpolgreen: Troubling, nuanced story of a student accused but cleared of rape. By @arielkaminer, a byline I will miss greatly.…

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