Stephen Colbert Allows Donald Trump to Call in Via the 'Trump Phone'

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Stephen Colbert allows Donald Trump to call in via the “Trump Phone”

“Behold, the Trump Phone,” Colbert said in revealing an orange phone topped with Trump-like hair. Tonight will mark the first time The Late Show will allow a guest to phone in, according to a CBS spokesperson. In announcing he was phoning into Colbert, Trump had to delete several tweets, including one saying he was going to be on ABC.


Is Donald Trump comedy-proof?

As a presidential candidate, The Donald offers comedy writers plenty of material. “But little of it has stuck,” says James Poniewozik. "As Mr. Trump has defied conventional politics and confounded conventional pundits, so has he frustrated conventional satire.” He adds: "His style has rendered him, weirdly, almost comedy-proof. Election parodies traditionally exaggerate candidates. But Mr. Trump exaggerates himself — he’s the frilled lizard of politics, inflating his self-presentation to appear ever larger. Satire exposes candidates’ contradictions and absurdities. But Mr. Trump blows past those, while his supporters cheer.”


House of Cards’ Frank Underwood opens a campaign headquarters in South Carolina

You can visit the FU '16 Headquarters at 257 S. Main Street in Greenville.


Unforgettable canceled yet again

The canceled CBS drama, which A&E uncanceled for a fourth season, will not return for a fifth season.


24: Legacy casts the wife of Jack Bauer’s successor

The Messengers alum Anna Diop will co-star opposite Corey Hawkins, playing the wife of his military hero character.


Why is John Travolta so polarizing on The People v. O.J. Simpson?

Critics are divided on Travolta’s portrayal of defense attorney Robert Shapiro. But as Maureen Ryan points out, "Whatever your position on Travolta’s work, you certainly can’t accuse the actor of failing to make bold choices. My own opinion of Travolta’s Shapiro evolved as I watched the first six episodes of the FX series: I started in the realm of puzzled disbelief, arrived at amusement, and ultimately traveled to a place of sincere appreciation. You simply can’t take your eyes off Travolta, and that is a form of enchantment.” PLUS: David Schwimmer’s Robert Kardashian is sympathetic — unlike the book, and last week's episode had a Chobani yogurt error.


NBC's hiring of Lester Holt’s 29-year-old son causes some grumbling

Stefan Holt will work in the same building as his dad, becoming co-anchor of WNBC’s 4 pm newscast. As one insider put it, the hiring "has gone over like a lead balloon with anchors who feel they've paid their dues.”


John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd to star in The Trail, a spoof of true-crime docuseries

Lithgow will play the suspect in a comedy mocking such documentary series as Making a Murderer and The Jinx.


Gilmore Girls dog “Paul Anka” joins the Netflix revival

Lorelai adopted Paul Anka in Season 6.


CBS is ready to cash in on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke

The Late Late Show tonight releases its fourth Carpool Karaoke video in the past two weeks. And soon there could be branded partnerships associated with the wildly popular videos.


Why Glenn has become The Walking Dead’s punching bag

Is there a strategy behind the AMC drama’s treatment of Glenn Rhee?


Westminster dog show is losing its voice

This is the final Westminster dog show for its “nuzzling voice,” David Frei.


Some Grammy viewers questioned why Hamilton's Alexander Hamilton wasn't white

Not everybody is aware of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his smash Broadway musical.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. casts Slingshot

Natalia Cordova-Buckley will play a character who can move at super speed and snap back to the spot she started from.


Why The Magicians is TV’s most exciting show at the moment

The Syfy series is a big mess, yet it’s taking so many chances.


Watch Broad City spoof #TheDress on its season premiere

Check out the viral phenomenon on the Season 3 opening scene.


Adam Rodriguez joins ABC’s Chunk & Bean comedy pilot

The CSI: Miami alum will co-star in a comedy about the unlikely friendship of two misfits.


The Bachelor allows Ben Higgins to hook up with McDonald’s once again

Higgins, the star of a McDonald’s ad, got to take his date to a McDonald’s restaurant for Monday’s episode.


How Vinyl recreated NYC’s filthy old venues

The HBO series used some digital work and some recreations to get the 1973 look just right. PLUS: Unpacking the pilot.


The Golden Girls getting Funko dolls

Sophia, Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy are the latest ‘80s stars getting the Funko treatment this year.