The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired four days a week on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005, to December 18, 2014, for 1,447 episodes. The show focused on a fictional anchorman character named Stephen Colbert, played by his real-life namesake; the character, described by Colbert as a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot", is a caricature of televised political pundits. Furthermore, the show satirized conservative personality-driven political talk programs Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor; the Colbert Report is a spin-off of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where Colbert acted as a correspondent for the program for several years while developing the character. The program was created by Colbert, Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin; the show's writing was grounded in improvisation, lampooned current events stories. The show's structure included a guest interview, in which the Colbert character attempts to deconstruct his opponent's argument.

The show was taped in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, the program's set is "hyper-American", epitomizing the character's ego. The show was taped and broadcast Monday through Thursday, with weeks taken off at multiple points in a given year for breaks; the Colbert Report saw immediate critical and ratings successes, leading to various awards, including two Peabody Awards. The show's cultural influence—which would require a fair degree of participation from the show's audience, dubbed the Colbert Nation—extended beyond the program a number of times; this impact included the character running for U. S. President twice, co-hosting a rally at the National Mall, presenting a controversial performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, establishing a real Super PAC that raised a million dollars. In addition, the show inspired various forms of multimedia, including music and multiple best-selling books; the Colbert Report satirized conservative personality-driven political pundit programs, focused on a fictional anchorman character named Stephen Colbert, played by his real-life namesake.

The character first made appearances on the short-lived sketch comedy series The Dana Carvey Show in 1996, described as "a self-important, trench-coated reporter who does on-location stories in a way that suggests his own presence is the real scoop." Colbert joined Comedy Central's The Daily Show in 1997, a year following its launch hosted by Craig Kilborn. When Jon Stewart became the program's host in 1999, The Daily Show developed a markedly different style, bringing a sharper political focus to the humor than the show exhibited. Colbert recalled that Stewart asked him to have a political viewpoint, to allow his passion for issues to carry through into his comedy. Colbert became a fixture on The Daily Show hosting in Stewart's absence. In 2003, the program began running advertisements for a fictional program titled The Colbert Réport, starring Colbert as a parody of cable news pundits; when fellow Daily Show star Steve Carell left to pursue a film and television career, Comedy Central made attempts to keep Colbert at the network.

He pitched The Colbert Report to the channel in 2004. Stewart pushed Comedy Central to pick up the show, Colbert was given an eight-week tryout. Following the show's immediate success, the show "quickly became a fixture in the late-night lineup." At its peak, the show averaged 1.5 million viewers each evening. The fictional Colbert anchorman character became toned down over the course of the show's run, as the host believed he would need to move beyond it, he began to regard it as an act of discipline to perform as the character. It became hard to watch punditry of any kind, of whatever political stripe." With his contract set to end in December 2014, he had decided to leave the show when he was contacted by CBS to replace David Letterman as the host of its Late Show franchise. The show's ending was announced concurrently with Colbert's jump to CBS in April 2014; the last episode aired on December 18, 2014. The show was replaced on Comedy Central's late-night lineup by The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, another spinoff of The Daily Show.

The character first made appearances on the short-lived sketch comedy series The Dana Carvey Show in 1996, described as "a self-important, trench-coated reporter who does on-location stories in a way that suggests his own presence is the real scoop."When The Daily Show ran short on time, a short piece starring Colbert, advertising a fictional program titled The Colbert Réport, was added into the program. In these sketches, Colbert began to amplify his character to parody news pundits. Colbert anchored many sketches in his persona, including "Even Stepvhen", in which he debated current issues with fellow correspondent Steve Carell devolving into petty name-calling and insults. Colbert and Carell were viewed as potential breakout stars by staff, when Carell left the series in 2004 to start a US version of The Office, Comedy Central made attempts to keep Colbert at the network. Stewart and Karlin were looking to expand the Daily Show franchise and their production company, Busboy; the duo came up with the idea for The Colbert Report after watching coverage of the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Bill O'Reilly.

Colbert met with network president Doug Herzog the day following the 2004 Emmy Awards to first discuss the concept. The one-line pitch Colbert and Stewart developed was "Our version of the O'Reilly Factor with Stephen Colbert." Herzog committed to an eight-week tryout period without a pilot. By the time of th

County of Hoya

The County of Hoya was a state of the Holy Roman Empire, located in the present German state of Lower Saxony. It was centered on the town of Hoya between Bremen and Nienburg; the largest city of the county was Nienburg. As of 1582, Hoya was bordered by: The City of Bremen, the Archbishopric of Bremen, the Bishopric of Verden, the Lüneburg and Calenberg subdivisions of Brunswick-Lüneburg, the Bishopric of Minden, the County of Diepholz, the Bishopric of Münster, the County of Oldenburg. A first Count Henry at Hoya in Saxony appeared as a vassal of Archbishop Hartwig II of Bremen in 1202, he had disputes with the local Hodenberg noble family at Hodenhagen Castle over their estates on the Weser which were acquired by Count Henry and his descendants until 1313. The acquisition of Nienburg led to a long-term conflict with the Bishops of Minden who baulked at the expansionism of their comital neighbours. In 1345 the brothers Gerhard III and John II of Hoya, divided the county among themselves; when the elder branch of the Gerhard line at Hoya became extinct in 1497, the territories were re-unified under John's descendant Count Jobst I residing at Nienburg.

In 1450 the family became embroiled in the Münster Diocesan Feud, but failed in their attempt to install Erich of Hoya as the Bishop of Münster. In the 16th century, the counts came under pressure from the mighty Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg, who in 1512 occupied their estates; the county was partitioned after Otto VIII, Count of Hoya died without sons in 1582. The majority of the territory was received by the Calenberg line with the remainder to the Lüneburg line of the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg and the Landgraviate of Hesse-Cassel; the Counts of Hoya had to recognize the Welf dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg as liege lords in 1512. After the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the area together with the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia. Henry I 1202-1235 Henry II 1235-1290 Gerhard II 1290-1313 Otto II 1313-1324 Gerhard III 1324-1345 jointly with his brother John II Jobst I 1497-1507 Jobst II 1507-1545 Albert II 1545-1563 Eric V 1563-1575 Otto VIII 1575-1582

Nakshatra (actress)

Nakshatra is an Indian film actress who appeared in regional Indian language films namely Malayalam and Kannada. Nakshatra was born as the youngest daughter to late Kannada film director D. Rajendra Babu and former actress Sumithra, she has one elder sister, an actress. She has studied biotech at the Erode Sengunthar Engineering College. Nakshatra has said, her parents were against her wish as she was their "pampered daughter" and did not want to see her go through any hardships. At age 17, Nakshatra was spotted by director Sunil Kumar Desai at a function, who called her mother and expressed interest in casting her in his film, she was given the starring role in Desai's Saregama and shortly after landed a role in Gokula, which became her maiden release, one of the lead roles in Hare Rama Hare Krishna. She got to co-act with her mother. Critics were positive on her performance in that film, stating that she was "quite impressive", "steals the show" and "strikes in a small role". Saregama went through several delays and was shelved while, due to conflicting schedules, she had to opt out of Hare Rama Hare Krishna, with the role going to Pooja Gandhi eventually.

2011 she had her first Tamil releases and Marudhavelu. The next year, she made her debut in Malayalam in Vaidooryam, changing her screen name to Deepthi for Malayalam films, she had Kili Paadum Gramam. In Vaidooryam, she played Gayathri, a "strong woman who faces hardships and goes through emotional trauma to win her love", with Nakshatra stating that the role was a "huge challenge" as some scenes were "very demanding", she further added that working in the film helped her to overcome her "inner obstacles" as was a shy and reserved person but was forced to open up and "come out of my shell" for the role. In Kili Paadum Gramam she played a "pampered and bubbly village girl"; the Malayalam film For Sale, in which she had a minor role, was her first release in 2013. She had her other release that year in Rama Narayanan's 126th directorial, she was signed for an "important role" in the Kannada film Fair & Lovely. A review from The Hindu, wrote that she had "nothing much to offer". In 2015, she first appeared in the Malayalam film Village Guys, in which she shared screen space with her mother again.

Amongst her upcoming films is Kuchiku Kuchiku, in which she was directed by her father, who had completed the film before his death. In Oru New Generation Pani directed by debutant Sankar Narayan, she would be seen as Indraja, a bold and well educated girl, brought up by her mother. "Nakshatra Filmography". Retrieved 7 January 2015