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The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert

adweek.com — In his second night as host of The Colbert Report, Oct. 18, 2005, Stephen Colbert made a joke that wasn't really a joke. Over the course of the show's run, he promised, viewers would be treated to installments in "a 435-part series" called Better Know a District.

TV Advertising Changed Radically This Year

adweek.com — Television advertising has been a pretty conservative marketplace: You buy Nielsen ratings, you make 30-second advertisements and sometimes you buy product placement. But the sudden ascent of non-Nielsen-rated content has created a gaping void in the measurement world.

Coke Ends Sponsorship of American Idol

adweek.com — If American Idol was in rough shape before (which it was), it's looking at an even bleaker future now that Coca-Cola has publicly said it won't be supporting the reality show's 14th season. Yes, that means no more red-and-white cups in front of the judges on what was once the biggest competition series on television.

The 10 Best New TV Shows of the Year

adweek.com — Green, 2014-15 Broadcast TV Season, Amazon, Black Mirror, BoJack Horseman, Comedy Central, Cw, Hbo, Last Week Tonight, Netflix, Outlander, Penny Dreadful, Review, Showtime, Silicon Valley, Starz, The Flash, Transparent

Will Dish's AutoHop Die by Inches After the CBS Deal?

adweek.com — Maybe the most interesting facet of CBS's deal with Dish Network, finally reached on Saturday morning after CBS was blacked out on the company's systems Friday evening, is its exemption from AutoHop. You can't skip ads anymore on The Big Bang Theory, folks. On the bright side, CBS is no longer suing Dish over the technology.

Here Are All of This Year's Hot List Digital Winners

Television Hot List Honors Shonda Rhimes, HBO, CNN, Adult Swim, ESPN, BBC America

Peter Pan Didn't Even Come Close to The Sound of Music

adweek.com — Though what seemed like all of Twitter live-hated NBC's broadcast of the Peter Pan stage play, starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, it was still better than a typical Tuesday over at NBC, where the network hauled in some 2.9 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo and 9 million watchers total.

The Idea Man | biscuette

biscuette.com — When my friend Jamie asked me to write for the site, he suggested a feature called "Newt Watch" in which the two of us would chronicle the undeniably fascinating misadventures and inevitable self-destruction of this four-star, blue-ribbon idiot.

This Japanese Cell Phone Company's Fried Shrimp Gun Commercial Will Make Your Day

adweek.com — We came here from the Internet as fast as we could to tell you of a brand-new development in seafood technology: the fried shrimp gun. With flour, egg yolk, tempura flakes and a soupçon of billowing fire, you can blast your shellfish craving into oblivion, apparently.
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Dec 19, 2014

realize it's been a nonstop Colbert festival today but you really want to see Steve Carrell make him cry: on.cc.com/1wkktP7

Dec 19, 2014

kazuo hirai can swear to personally strangle a terrorist w/ his bare hands for every ticket sold & I still will not pay to see the interview

Dec 19, 2014

in a related story, we live in a world where Viagra buys pre-roll @KateAurthur

Dec 19, 2014

The excellent @jasonlynch on network execs' unintentional comedy this year. Mulaney is the new Seinfeld! adweek.it/1wRCIMN

Dec 19, 2014

.@brianstelter breaks: DPRK creeps congratulating @SonyPictures on screwing artists out of xmas day release & grosses. pull quote for DVD?

Dec 19, 2014

this just isn't true. both sides deny that religious white male liberals like colbert exist newyorker.com/culture/cultur… pic.twitter.com/RpZy7X53D7

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