"This is the magic of John Oliver. It's been only 14 episodes so far (the show is slated for 19 this season) but the Last Week Tonight team has found a way to take a seemingly complicated issue, remove the talking points and cultural baggage surrounding it, break it into understandable parts—and then slowly rebuild it. It's an ingenious formula that's making a difference in the real world."
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is showered with more well-deserved praise in a new Atlantic piece called "How John Oliver Beats Apathy."
"When something is successful in Britain, we go, 'Okay, let's stop it before we screw it up.' And when something is successful over here, they go, 'Okay, let's keep making this a success until it's not a success.' And I think that it is a kind of very different attitude, but I'm actually really glad for that, because as I said, when the idea of an American version of that program came out, it sounded like sacrilege. And now, frankly, I look at those final episodes and they are so emotionally satisfying and grounded in a way that I don't think the British Office ever got the chance to be." [...]
"We can talk about the myth of reverse racism all day, but I think ultimately I’m a black filmmaker making an independent black film. If I called my movie, Ruminations On Race, or whatever, nobody would care who I am, or what I have to say or what I’m doing. So yeah, you have to get butts in seats."
- Writer, producer, and director of Dear White People Justin Simien explains the title of his film — which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance and will be released in theaters this October — after a screening last weekend.
"These are bad pitches and Dan should never take them, but I just thought there's gotta be something you can battle for — what's the throne between City College and Greendale?"
- Actor/writer Jim Rash toys with the idea of a Game of Thrones-themed Community episode in a new interview with TV Line, in which he also discusses the show's NBC cancellation and his part in the upcoming Adult Swim series Mike Tyson Mysteries.
"Back in May, Craig [Ferguson] and I switched places so I could 'audition' for the job he's vacating at the end of the year—and guess what, the world did not explode! During the commercial break, Craig used our few minutes off-air to encourage me to go after the position in earnest. He also added that he thinks it should unquestionably be a female to replace him. Go, Craig!"
- VH1 and online talk show host Carrie Keagan breaks down why major networks should start hiring more women for their late night shows in a new piece for Vanity Fair, which also reveals Craig Ferguson's opinion on who should [...]