Stephen Colbert: Super Bowl Fumble, Sanders Touchdown

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On Sunday night, Stephen Colbert became the first host in the history of late-night TV to do a show immediately after the Super Bowl. That he and his team fumbled the gig should come as little surprise.

The post-Super Bowl slot has been a mixed blessing of late. Ratings for whatever show follows the nation’s most-watched television event of each year inevitably spike on that Sunday night, but the bump for subsequent episodes is far less substantial, even non-existent. Creatively speaking, most Super Bowl episodes are burdened with such high expectations from audiences and network executives that they’re more concerned with being big and loud than being good. By the end of an exhausting Super Bowl game and halftime show, the last thing most people want to do is keep their brain turned on for one to two more hours of programming, even if they keep their televisions on in an act of sheer inertia.

On top of all those built-in obstacles, Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show is uniquely unsuited to the task of following up the most expensive, expansive spectacle in American pop culture. Continue reading

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Coldplay-ing the Super Bowl

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A Wall Street Journal reporter just broke the news that Coldplay will be the musical act for the halftime show at Super Bowl 50. Twitter has already erupted in “outrage.”

 

Taken in isolation, those are all valid responses to this news. You have every right to think that you will not enjoy a Coldplay set during the halftime show. But there’s a point at which this frustration becomes futile and draining.

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The M&M Report, Episode 20: #Sports

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Listen to Episode 20 here.

Welcome to the M&M Report! This week, Devin Mitchell and I welcomed special guest Eric Saltzman to talk about the Super Bowl and the Olympics. We assessed the legacy of Peyton Manning, picked our favorite commercials, criticized NBC’s coverage of the games and previewed the most interesting Sochi events.

Next week, we’ll be back with a discussion of the year’s best TV so far. Thanks for listening!

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Three Reasons to Be Excited for Bruno Mars at Halftime

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Super Bowl XLVIII is still five months away, but the hype has already started: pop sensation Bruno Mars will headline the annual Halftime Show concert. Mars has big shoes to fill: Beyoncé brought the house down last year, and previous performers include Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas and The Who. Here are three reasons to get excited for the end of the first two quarters of gameplay.

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