The results reflected that extra time.
“I’m just going to say this to Boston: ‘Thank you. Thank you for once again, in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country,’ ” Stewart said somewhat patronizingly at the top of his show Tuesday night — after telling viewers how much he hates the fact “that I can cross-reference my thoughts to so many other events that have occurred over the years of a similar ilk.”
After making some veiled references to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Stewart concluded: “I can tell you, from personal experience, you got a hell of a city going there and you’ve done an incredible job in the face of all this. Yup, pretty good.”
After Stewart’s show wrapped for the night with a plug for Tom Cruise’s new movie, it was Colbert’s turn to get a crack at working Monday’s bombings into his comedy show.
Colbert broke the mold, speaking for more than two minutes about the bombings — without referencing himself! That hopefully sets a new industry standard for stars of late-night talk shows:
“Whoever did this obviously did not know [expletive] about the people of Boston, because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sake — Boston was founded by the Pilgrims — a people so tough, they had to buckle their [expletive] hats on!” Colbert began.
“It is the cradle of the American Revolution! A city that withstood an 86-year losing streak [re: the Boston Red Sox]! A city that made it through the Big Dig — a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years; there are commuters just getting home now. . . . They attacked the Boston Marathon – an event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off until their nipples are raw — for fun!”
Colbert then paid tribute to those marathoners who kept running, to a nearby hospital, to donate blood.
Starz has renewed “Da Vinci’s Demons” for a second season, based on the performance of its first episode.
Sunday’s premiere drew 1.04 million viewers, and clocked more than 2 million over the weekend. That’s Starz’s highest-rated premiere weekend ever.
Tom Riley stars in the “historical fantasy” about the “untold story” of the polymath during his “turbulent youth in Renaissance Florence.” Lucky for Starz, little is actually known about Leonardo’s youth, giving the network a lot of room to get historically fantastic. This made-for-TV Leonardo, for instance, is a sinewy heterosexual studmuffin.
Starz describes Leonardo as “brilliant and passionate, an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist.” Leonardo also was known to be no slouch at math, engineering, geology, cartography and botany, but expect that to be hushed up on the series, for the sake of ratings.
“I’m excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world’s most eccentric and glorious polymath. Long live Leonardo and thanks to Starz for helping to make it happen,” series creator David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight”) said in Wednesday’s news.
AMC confirmed Wednesday that it has ordered a weekly half-hour, live after-show to accompany the final eight episodes of its Bryan Cranston drama “Breaking Bad,” starting Aug. 11.
“Talking Bad” will run for 30 minutes at 11 p.m. Sundays after each episode of the drug drama. It will be exec-produced by Michael Davies, who already produces the network’s very successful “The Walking Dead” after-show, “The Talking Dead.”
“Breaking Bad’s” return will be followed by the debut of AMC’s new Detroit-set cop drama, “Low Winter Sun.” AMC has ordered 10 episodes of that one.
AMC confirmed that it’s renewed “Comic Book Men” (about Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic shop) for a third season and “Freakshow” (about the Venice Beach Freakshow) for a second.
Unveiling its programming plans to advertisers Wednesday in New York, the basic cable network said that it’s developing a slew of period dramas:
●“Ballistic City” follows a future former cop who is thrust into the criminal underworld of a city housed in a space ship, which is destined for no one is quite sure where.
●“Ashland,” set in the ’50s, is about a tiny Kentucky mining town to which a California family has just relocated.
●In “The Wall,” set in ’60s Berlin, an American businessman becomes embroiled in a web of espionage.
●Also set in the ’60s is a civil rights drama that is exec-produced by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
●Another unnamed project, set in the “near future,” follows a family torn apart in the conflict between a repressive government and the emerging movement for a second American Revolution.
Reality TV-wise, AMC is developing the self-explanatory “All-Star Celebrity Bowling”; “Cancelled,” which outfits six homes with cameras and lets the families compete for ratings; and our fave, “Geek Out,” in which super-obsessive fans are connected with the object of their unhealthy attachments, be it a film, a comic book, a TV show – or an actor or actress.
Stalkers rejoiced at the news.