It is well established that we here at Nat’s TV consider The Daily Show to be some form of wonderful, using an often-cutting parody of newscasters to deliver extremely pointed parodies of current events. One of the key practitioners has been Stephen Colbert, who plays the smug intellectual to a hilarious T.
But now Colbert has graduate to his own series, following The Daily Show four times a week. Judging from the first episode of The Colbert Report, it’s focusing on the parody of the newsmen, ripping apart commentary formats, and leaving the actual current events to The Daily Show. Even the scheduled guests for the week are all press folks, apparently doing their kindly in-on-the-joke-so-they-can’t-really-be-going-after-me appearances.
Problem is, as great as the gag is, spreading it out to two hours per week would seem to be spreading it far too thin. Commenting on events means that there is always fresh things to comment on; commenting solely on the deliverers of the news means one is playing with a limited range, one that renews slowly. One episode a week might be worthwhile (say, Friday at 11, taking the one weekday that The Daily Show doesn’t cover), but it’s hard to see even the talented Mr. Colbert keeping this from getting stale quickly at this rate.
Gilmore Girls tonight invoked one of my favorite place names. The real Chargoggagogmanchauggauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg isn’t the name of a street; it’s the name of a lake in Massachusetts, although in a rush people call it simply “Lake Webster”. (And yes, the name does supposedly mean “you fish on your side, I’ll fish on mine, and nobody’ll fish in the middle.”)