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Why Stephen Colbert’s “We’ll Meet Again” Singalong Was the Greatest Send-Off in TV History

It’s been half a day since Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report and the way it went out is still circulating in my head. Not even today’s Mellowmas installment could purge it. And that’s a good thing, because, Christ, that was awful. I didn’t really have an idea of what special stunt Colbert would do to say goodbye, but I was positive¬†that Jon Stewart would be involved in some capacity. And when Colbert started to sing “We’ll Meet Again” with Stewart walking on midway through the first verse, I nearly lost it. But I don’t think anybody was prepared for what came next. Dozens of celebrities who had been on the show over the years then popped up in groups to sing along, accompanied only by Randy Newman’s piano. With every new crop, you recalled their appearances over the years, from frequent guests like Neil Degrasse Tyson and Doris Kearns Goodwin to D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton to that time when Gloria Steinem did a cooking segment with Jane Fonda. The sheer number of guests …

Kevin Eubanks - photo credit: Raj Naik

The Popdose Interview: Kevin Eubanks

Kevin Eubanks is a guy that you’re probably most familiar with because of his 15 year stint as the bandleader for Jay Leno and the Tonight Show and that’s okay. But there’s so much more to know about Kevin Eubanks as a complete artist. For one, he’s a big fan of Swedish heavy metal. We’ll be honest — we didn’t know that either. It’s just one of many things that came up in conversation as we were discussing The Messenger, which is the latest solo release from Eubanks, available in stores now. The Messenger ¬†finds the guitarist branching out and as he says “I didn’t want to be as concerned with the ‘jazz sound’ as much, I wanted to let out a little bit more of what I’ve been musically exposed to. Joined by members of his quartet, the album also features a guest appearance from Alvin Chea of Take 6, something that was a personal thrill for Eubanks who has been a longtime fan of the group. But The Messenger also has a family …

TV Preview: Ready Or Not, Here Comes Coco

So, what have we to talk about this week? The non-news that after scoring ridiculously high ratings, AMC has greenlit a second season of The Walking Dead? How about the box office for Dreamworks’ latest animated film Megamind? What of the Bruce Springsteen set The Promise, which documents the making of Darkness On The Edge Of Town? While all these are worthy topics, perhaps none is being so closely watched or hotly anticipated as the return of Conan O’Brien to late night television, premiering his TBS show in head-to-head competition with his former NBC dorm-mate Jay Leno. Between O’Brien’s headline-grabbing departure from NBC and his new show, he’s fostered a wildly popular Twitter feed, (Don’t knock it – if CBS likes it, they might give you a sitcom deal too), an unprecedented multi-city tour of live performances, recorded a live album at Jack White’s Third Man Records, and all with little to no financial backing in advertising. It is a rare exception where controversy was harnessed to make several enterprises run at once, mostly on …

TV Review: “The Jay Leno Show”

I hate Jay Leno so much. Like most hatreds, my feelings for Leno are irrational. I mean, yes, he pretty much empirically sucks, but his brand of humor is so resolutely innocuous that hating him is totally overboard — it’s like hating ice cubes or milk. Leno’s style of entertainment is the kind of thing that you either chuckle at or ignore; if it doesn’t float your boat, you say “I don’t care for it,” not “I hate that motherfucker,” or “this date is over,” which is what I would shout in the ’90s if the girl I was out with told me she was a fan. Watching Leno continually trounce the funnier, more insightful Letterman in the ratings all those years only amplified my black loathing, to the point where I’m pretty sure I squealed like a third-grade girl when I read NBC’s (waaaay premature) announcement that Conan O’Brien would be taking over The Tonight Show this year. And then, like a hug that turns into a punch in the nuts, the network went …