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Stephen ColbertOh, you gotta love Stephen Colbert—once a fantastic part of The Daily Show, it seemed Colbert had a shaky start when he ventured into his own show, The Colbert Report. Not so shaky anymore, it seems, as Colbert quickly rose in popularity and has developed quite a following. To further solidify his status, the “word-trend” group Global Language Monitor has discovered that two terms from The Colbert Report were part of their annual survey of television words that have impacted language. Colbert’s use of “Truthiness” and “Wikiality” were included in the list of the top television buzzwords of the year. Other high rankers? “Katrina” (for obvious topical reasons) and “Dr. McDreamy” (in reference to Patrick Dempsey’s character on Grey’s Anatomy).

“Truthiness” is defined as “truth unencumbered by the facts,” while “Wikiality,” referencing the informational web site Wikipedia, is defined as “reality as determined by majority vote.” This is best explained by the voting off of Pluto as a legitimate planet by astronomers.

Colbert also should be applauded for his Emmy appearance—one of the highlights of the evening—as he expressed his upset over losing to Barry Manilow. Priceless.

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Emmys  As some of you might remember, TV Envy brought you live remarks during the 2006 Oscars.  I had so much fun last time - I thought I would do it again for the 58th Annual Emmy Awards.  Unfortunately, since I live on the West Coast, live blogging is not possible.  I could cheat and write this while reading the online reports—but I won’t.  I will keep my eyes focused on the TV screen before me and make catty remarks as I think of them in Pacific Standard Time.

Although I’m still a bit bitter that neither Lost or Desperate Housewives were nominated this year (apparently due to the recent changes in the nomination process), my annual viewing must go on.  If someone can manage to eke out a win for either Entourage, The Office or Scrubs, I may be able to forgive and forget.

Okay—let the time-delayed festivities begin!

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Jon Stewart Since taking over the seat for The Daily Show in 1996, Jon Stewart’s star has continued to rise. The news has never been more interesting or funny, and all because of his excellent comedic delivery and timing. Stewart’s other endeavors, including books (Naked Pictures of Famous People and A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction), as well as producing The Colbert Report have taken him to the next level. Not to be outdone by… um,... himself, he has signed a deal with Comedy Central to produce a sitcom. The comedy, titled Three Strikes, is set in the world of minor league baseball and is written by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, writers for King of the Hill, The Larry Sanders Show, and Late Show With David Letterman. No other details have been released about who will star in the sitcom or when it will air.

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The Office Oh my, I don’t know if I can handle more characters on The Office. The cast is just too perfect… so what will happen when three new people join the payroll? I wouldn’t want them to spoil a great thing, but the new additions will certainly spice things up anyway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ed Helms, of The Daily Show, and Charles “Chip” Esten, of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, will be series regulars. Rashida Jones, from Boston Public, will join the third season in a recurring role. Helms and Jones will be new employees, while Esten reprises his role as the regional manager from another Dunder-Mifflin branch (seen previously in the Valentine’s Day episode). Does that mean that Helms will be leaving his post at The Daily Show? If so, he will surely be missed—of course, reuniting with former Daily Show alum Steve Carell on one of the hottest shows on primetime isn’t such a bad deal.

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Gallery: Three New Employees Join The Office


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